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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Day of Enlightenment will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 10 am – 2 pm on Friday in conjunction with the Olde English Faire to provide educational opportunities for kids of all ages. See the Knights of Valour, the Sky Kings Falconry and afterwards, wander through the merchants selling olden-time products and goodies until 5 pm. 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
Then, the Olde English Faire will take place at the Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am- 5 pm each day. Featuring entertainment such as jousting performed by the “Knights of Vaour”, sword fighting 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. Two-day passes are $15 for ages 13 and up, $9 for ages 3-12 and free for children 2 and under. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/faire

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

Les Miserables
continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Metamora Old Settlers Days
will take place in the Park on the Square in Metamora featuring carnival rides, craft & food tents, games and free nightly entertainment. Hours are 5:30 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), Noon – 10 pm on Friday and 7:30 am on Saturday. The 43rd 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 Marquette Heights Men’s Club will host a Freedom Fest & Fireworks Extravaganza at Independence Park (located at 615 LaSalle Blvd in Marquette Heights) from 6 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and beginning at 8 am on Saturday. Featuring a cruise-in, the Greater Peoria Honor Flight, a carnival, “Rumble in the Park” professional wrestling, live music, craft & vendor booths, food vendors, face painting and fireworks on Friday & Saturday nights, admission is free. For a full schedule of events, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/423753661110316

Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring Cousin Eddie performing late 60’s to current music from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at  Idlewood Park (located at 450 E Greenwood St. in Morton). Admission is free and dinner & snacks will be available starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring a picnic supper. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

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

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

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

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Harmonica Invitational 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

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at the corners of Knoxville & Prospect) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring all types of art mediums on display, you’ll also find interactive artists such as face painting, balloon artists and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com/event/artists-boardwalk-4

The Peoria Pops Orchestra will present Broadway vs. Rock ‘n Roll, a musical duet of genres, at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm with a pre-concert lip-sync contest. Benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students. For more information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located at 5201 W. War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. They will also 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 Peoria Symphony will present “Romance” with Quartetto Gelato at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $28 to $71 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Brushville on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. On Saturday, they will host Sweetwater 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 more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 1st Farmington Summer Festival will take place on Saturday beginning with a pancake & sausage breakfast at the Fire House at 7 am. Other activities include a “Big Kids Toy Show”, craft vendors, a beer garden, kids games & a carnival, food vendors, the “Little Farmer Pageant”, bingo, a kids’ pedal tractor pull, a cruise-in, a raffle & the band “Private Blend” beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/farmington.summerfestival

Run DMC will take place beginning at 7:30 am on Saturday at Dream Center Peoria (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria). There will be 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. Cost to participate is $40 and registration may be made online at www.rundcp.org

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

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

The River City Fiber Arts Fest will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning 9 am. The event features a fiber market plus classes for fiber artisans and artists. There will be three award winning, published instructors to start you on your way to being a fiber artist. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiefiberartsguild.weebly.com

A Garden Walk featuring five unique gardens will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm with a self-guided tour will feature the following spaces: 464 E High Point Drive in Peoria, 312 E High Point Lane in Peoria, 5030 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights, 4815 N Grandview Dr. in Peoria Heights and 6100 N Eagle Bend Ct. in Peoria. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door with proceeds from the Garden Walk benefit Look, It’s My Book! which provides six books a year to every District 150 student in kindergarten through fourth grade. Advance tickets may be purchased at Gregg’s Florist (located at 1015 E War Memorial Drive in Peoria). For more information, visit www.lookitsmybook.org

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

Detox Retox will take place at The Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N. Hale Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 1:30 pm. Registration is $20 per person and includes a yoga class and beer flight.  This event will include 50 minutes of detoxifying yoga followed by 40+ minutes of craft beer tasting of locally brewed beers; participants must be 21 or older. Please bring your own mat and towel. Special edition t-shirts are available for purchase. Registration is required and is available at www.kristincorinneyoga.com/detox-retox

Robo Rumble 2015 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from Noon – 5 pm. Experience the exciting 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/posts/492

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

Enjoy a night of dueling fun with Wild Knights at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. In conjunction with the Olde English Faire, you can get a taste of medieval and modern activities and entertainment. Featuring dueling pianos, aerial acrobatics, fire spinners, photo ops, fencing lessons (first come first serve) and inflatable games where you can duel with your friends, tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of the event and include 2 drink passes (beer, wine, soda), an unlimited activities pass, and a pass to all performances. Participants must be 21+ to enter. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/event/wild-knights

The Joe Cocker Tribute Band will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Dawes will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 48th Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) 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

The Backyard Talent Show For St Jude will take place at Idlewood Park stage (located at 450 East Greenwood Street in Morton) on Sunday at 5 pm. Admission is free, however donations are welcome and benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/backyardtalentshow?ref=br_tf

Umphrey’s McGee will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and are available at www.jaytv.com  For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Cruises will also take place on Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  An early cruise is also available on Saturday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Peoria Bach Festival continues with performances through Sunday celebrating the renowned composer. Featuring soloists Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev on violin, Alexander Viazovtsev on flute, Matthew Dirst on organ, John Orfe on piano and vocal soloists Kerry Walters, Denise Gamaz, James Doing and Saul Nache, all performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.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 today (Thursday) & Friday and from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday. There will be carnival rides, food, a beer tent, games and live entertainment. For more information, call 309-688-3427.

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through Sunday. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

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

Brigadoon continues at Corn Stock Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

Peoria Players will present the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 & younger and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

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 The Brazilionaires on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm also on Friday with 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

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

The Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College will host a Reagan Memorial Ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of Reagan’s death on Friday at 9:30 am in the Ronald Reagan Peace Garden. The event is free and open to the public, and a complimentary breakfast will be available afterwards. Jay Hein, former director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, visit www.eureka.edu

A City Wide Basement Sale will be held at Liberty United Ministries (located at 1211 South Blaine Street in Peoria) through Saturday beginning at 8 am each day. Featuring appliances, clothing, furniture, and miscellaneous items, to donate or for more information, call 309-495-9095.

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

Illinois Art League’s 55th Annual Spring Membership Art Show will take place at Tower Park Plaza (located at Peoria Heights Village Hall at 4901 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from Noon – 5 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.illinoisartleague.com

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

The CASA of Peoria County Human Foosball Tournament will take place on the Peoria RiverFront beginning at 6 pm on Friday and at 2 pm on Saturday. Teams of six can register at www.casapeoria.org/casa-events  Registration fee is $150 per team.

Jana Kramer will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Avett Brothers & Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40, $45, $50, and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will be held in downtown Elmwood on Saturday 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. There will be a car show with registration from 8 am – Noon, a pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 am – 10 am, craft booths from 8 am – 6 pm, the River Valley Antique Association, kids corner, K & D kids pony rides, balloons by Unique Twist, a hula hoop contest, games, Pat’s Trains plus a food tent from 10 am – 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.elmwoodil.org/SrawberryFest/StrawberryFest.html

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

Run for the Sun, a four-mile trail/road run, will take place at the Sun Foundation (located at 1276 Sun Road in Washburn) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. All proceeds supporting the Sun Foundation’s children’s programs. Cost to participate is $35 for the Run for the Sun or $5 for the Fun Run. For more information or to register, go to www.sunfoundation.org

The 3rd Annual Running with the Dogs 5k Run and 3K Walk will be held on Saturday at Junction City Shopping Center beginning at 8 am. This unique road race is one of the few opportunities for pet lovers to participate with their dogs. Registration is $25 per person and in addition to the road race, there will be pet-friendly vendors and various non-profits that support animal issues.

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. New in 2015 is a Vietnam display, battle & tribute to these service personnel. There will be transportation available around the camps for those who need assistance. Public Battles will be held at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm on Saturday and at 11 am & 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids aged 11-17. For more information call 309-691-8423 or visit www.centralilww2.com

The 18th Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude Trail Ride, lunch and auction will take place on Saturday at Jubilee State Park beginning at 10 am to benefit the kids of St. Jude. There is no cost for trail riders to bring their horse and participate, and you don’t have to ride to join in on the activities. For more information, call 309-253-5857.

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 – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring original art from 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

The 3rd Annual Robomania will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from Noon – 5 pm This hands-on event organized by area FIRST Robotics teams is sure to spark your child’s scientific imagination where they can build robots compete in mini LEGO® robot competitions, operate robots built by high school students and try their hand at the interactive science exhibits. This is an official stop on the Science Treasure Hunt. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2100 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/north

The 5th Annual Mike Seneca Golf Classic will take place on Saturday at WeaverRidge Golf Club beginning at 1 pm. The $125 per person fee helps fund cancer programs in memory of Mike Seneca at the Hult Health Education Center and includes prizes and food and drinks. For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Inaugural Sculpture Walk Peoria opens on Saturday at 3 pm in Peoria’s Warehouse District with the unveiling of 15 large-scale sculptures along Washington Street between Liberty and Oak streets in Peoria. Admission to the event is free. Washington Street will be transformed into a pedestrian mall, and the public is invited to take the sculpture walk tour, meet the artists and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart. Children will receive special Sculpture Walk Peoria coloring pages and activities to take on the tour. You will be guided to each sculpture and hear the artists’ insights and inspiration for their work plus choose your favorite sculpture by voting in the People’s Choice Award. For more information about each sculpture, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at Santa Fe Park (located at 1400 N Benedict St. in Chillicothe) on Saturday starting at 5 pm as part of the Relay for Life. The band plays a variety of music from Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Yellowcard plus their own original big band charts.  For more information, visit http://on.fb.me/1JyiTCA

The 3rd Annual Glow Run 5K and Fun Run benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Chillicothe will take place on Saturday at Santa Fe Park (located at 1400 N Benedict St. in Chillicothe) beginning at 5:30 pm. Registration is $30 with all proceeds going to Relay For Life of Chillicothe. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/chillicotheil

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Triple Dog Dare 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 Schwag Grateful Dead Experience will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Steady Flow Album Release Party will take place on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Special guests include D Webb, CHISongwriter, Eddie Soul, Pat Clark and BeaTyme. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or 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

Tech N9ne will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $32 for general admission or $60 for VIP Loft seating and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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Brigadoon opens the Corn Stock Theatre Summer Season in the main stage tent beginning at 7:30 pm and runs through Saturday, June 6. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

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 on Thursday, at 9 am on Friday &  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

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

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

The 2015 X Rocks Spring Fling Freak Fest will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls on Friday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring Buck Cherry, Nothing More, Islander, Taxi War Dance and Motor Biscuit the event will include an outdoor beer garden with specialty grilled items beer and more. Tickets are $23 in advance or $28 the day of the show and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Sixteen Candles will perform 80′s favorites on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

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

Market on Moss will take place at 2320 W Moss Avenue in West Peoria on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring vendors with plants, herbs, garden accents, unique antiques, art, pottery, vintage furniture and curiosities, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host their Annual International Music, Wine and Beer Festival from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring 55 wines and 55 beers for tasting and for sale from around the world, you can also sample artisan cheese along with other food. Live music includes: Turas (Irish) 11 am – 3 pm, Greg Williams from 3 – 6:30 pm and Biscuits and Gravy Band from 7-11pm on Saturday and Sally Weisenburg from 12 – 3 pm and Colt 45 and Johnny Walker from 3 – 6 pm on Sunday. Admission for those age 21 and over is $10 per person and the price includes a souvenir wine glass and five tasting tickets, with additional tickets available for $1 each. Kids under 12 are free and ages 13-20 are $5 per person for band cover. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Zoofest will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. At 1 pm, watch the zookeepers move the Chinese Alligator to her summer exhibit (weather permitting) plus enjoy bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and more. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Vinyasa at the Vineyard will take place on Saturday from 11:30 am – 1 pm at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Road in Edwards). The event combines 50 minutes of yoga followed by 40 minutes of local wine tasting. The cost is $20 per person and includes the yoga class, wine and a take home wine glass. Additional food, beverages, and wine will be available for purchase. Please bring a yoga mat and/or towel. For ages 21yrs & up – beginners are welcome. Space is limited and advanced registration is required and is available at http://kristincorinneyoga.com/vinyasa-at-the-vineyard/

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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The Kicks for a Cure Fundraiser will take place on Saturday at Lucky T’z (located at 10307 State St. in Mossville) beginning at 6 pm. Benefiting the Greg Olsen foundation for cancer research, there will be raffles, a silent auction, drink specials and celebrity bartenders from CH Robinson. Children are welcome.

Trails In Motion will be presented at the at Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. An annual international film tour that brings a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films to passionate audiences around the world, tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for students and senior citizens and $8 for youth 7 – 17 and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Time for Three” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring soloists Zach DePue on violin, Nick Kendall on violin and Ranaan Meyer on bass, the groundbreaking, category-shattering trio transcends traditional classification. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and are available by calling 309-339-3943 or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Chris Tucker will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $46.50 and $75 and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Red Rebel County, a Dropkick Murphys/Flogging Molly cover band, will perform on the Peoria RiverFront CEFCU Stage on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Opening band Turas performs a mix of Irish and Celtic tunes. Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Music in the McKenzie will host blues band “Rooster Alley” at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. CDs will be available:  a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library.

The  2015 Peoria Bach Festival celebrates its 13th year with performances throughout the week celebrating the renowned composer. Featuring soloists Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev on violin, Alexander Viazovtsev on flute, Matthew Dirst on organ, John Orfe on piano and vocal soloists Kerry Walters, Denise Gamaz, James Doing and Saul Nache, all performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peoria County’s Youth Services Network Panel will host the 8th Annual Hands Around the Courthouse at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. Highlighting Child Abuse Prevention Month and drawing attention to pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County, participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

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

The 23rd Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring over 250 quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Friday from 6 – 10 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world. Tickets for the Friday night event include a food voucher and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event on Saturday is from 1 – 8 pm and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com
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An Old Fashioned Barn Dance will be held at Camp Wokanda in Mossville on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band, The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze will teach all the dances:  beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sun Foundation’s 22nd Annual Clean Water Celebration kicks off at 4 pm on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront near the Gateway Building. A dinner and lecture at the GAR Hall will take place on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm followed by various sessions at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday from 9 am – 2 pm. For more information, visit www.sunfoundation.org

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

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A Preview of the Ken Burns documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies will take place during a special screening at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (located at 1 Illini Dr. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 5:45 pm. The six-hour documentary will air in three segments on WTVP on March 30th, 31st and April 1st. Dr. Bento Soares will talk briefly before the showing about some of the cancer research taking place at the College of Medicine and his vision for cancer research in Peoria. Seating is limited and online registration is required. For more information, visit www.wtvp.org/programming/cancer

Tiiptoe Through the Tombstones continues and runs through April 19 with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Nonpoint will perform with guests 36 Crazyfists and Scare Don’t Fear tonight (Thursday) at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 4th Annual Eureka College Writers Festival featuring authors Allison Joseph and Kathleen Rooney will take place tonight (Thursday) & Friday at the Melick Library beginning at 7:30 pm. The authors will speak about writing and read from their works. Admission is free. For information, contact zjarvis@eureka.edu

The Lieutenant of Inishmore continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com
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Jeff Caldwell will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday and the Friday & Saturday late shows, which are $12.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will hold its largest annual fundraising event, Vino in Vienna, at the Lift Together Center (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd in Peoria) on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and $75 per couple and include wine and craft beer tastings. For more information, visit www.ciys.org/vino-in-vienna

A Beer & Wine Tasting fundraiser for the Tazewell County Resource Center will take place in the Ballroom at the Par-a-Dice Hotel on Friday from 5 – 7 pm. Live music featuring Bret Bunton and the Corn Wolves will be provided. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available online at www.tcrc.us/tastingevent

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. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Friday Night Live! will take place at Goodfellas in Pekin featuring Vinyl Tap on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

Legends of Broadway featuring Ron Raines and Don Pippen will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
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Jason Aldean with special guests Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr, and Dee Jay Silver will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $33.25 and $63.25 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Zeppelin Jazz Project will perform at Kenny’s Westside Pub (located at 2016 W Farmington Rd. in West Peoria) on Friday beginning at 10 pm. Performing jazz/rock fusion and contemporary jazz versions of Led Zeppelin songs, the band features some of Chicago’s finest musicians. Cover change is $5. For more information, visit www.kennyswestside.com

The Peoria Mothers Of Twins Clothing & Equipment Consignment Sale will take place on Saturday at the Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water St in Peoria) from 8 am – Noon. Admission is $1 or receive free admission by texting Pmotsale to 23559. Cash & credit will be accepted. For more information, visit www.peoriamothersoftwins.org

The Hult Center for Healthy Living will host the 3rd Annual Mental Health Forum “Family Emotional Wellness and Recovery” on Saturday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center at Bradley University. Dr. Steve Perry, founder of one of the top schools in the country, will be the keynote speaker. The forum also features two breakout sessions with a variety of topics, lunch and awards. For more information, fees and to register, call 309-692-6650 visit www.hulthealthy.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will host its Annual Spring Wake-Up Event from 9 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. All guests will receive half-price admission; park members are free. Animal feedings for various park residents will take place throughout each day. For a complete schedule and more information can be found at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Junction City will host Opening Day for Trails as part of the nation-wide Rails to Trails Conservancy promotional event from 9 am – noon on the newly-opened Rock Island Greenway. Activities include: bicycle rides to the north with the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am and 11:30 am, hikes to the south with the Pimiteoui Trail Club beginning at 9:30 am and 11:30 am, a nature and birdwatching hike by the Peoria Audubon Society in the former Donovan Golf Course beginning at 9:30 am, a kids bicycle ride to Bicycle Safety Town beginning at 9:45 am, a “Pat a Pup” event with the Peoria Humane Society, a minor bike tune-up, chain lube and tire inflation by Bushwhacker, the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n and Bike Peoria, and non-competitive run by the Illinois Valley Striders at 11 am. Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

The Pekin Kids Festival will be held on Saturday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) from 10 am – 7 pm. A family-focused event, there will be interactive activities including Fun on Run inflatibles, an indoor rock climbing wall, “fairyland”, a carnival ride, a balloon artist, face painting and the Barnyard Discoveries petting zoo. Admission is $5 for ages 4 & up: ages 3 and under are free. A family pack of 4 tickets is $15. For more information, visit www.rbshows.com

Eggs on the Prairie featuring “The Bunny” will welcome spring with a celebration hosted by Bethany Baptist Church at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Festivities include live music, children’s games and activities, bouncy houses, eggs, balloon animals, prizes and photos with “The Bunny”. For more information, call 309-692-3672, ext. 19 or visit www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com

The Heart Of Illinois Bird Club Bird Fair will take place on Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (located at 3601 N. North St. in Peoria) from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is $3 for adults and children 12 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.hoibirdclub.org

A Zentangle: Art from Doodles Workshop will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Zentangle combines the art of meditation with the beauty of free-form drawing. No previous artistic ability is needed. Bonnie Cox will lead the workshop: both families & individuals are invited to participate. Cost is $12 for members (with a $25 family max) or $14 for the public (with a $28 family max). Registration is encouraged but not required : call 309-863-3034 for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/495

Squawk the Show, a family friendly pet show featuring amazing Macaws, Amazons, a Conure and one Kooky Cockatoo, will take place on Saturday at the IVC High School Auditorium (located at 1300 W Sycamore St in Chillicothe) at 3 pm and 5 pm. The act has appeared on “America’s Got Talent”, Animal Planet’s “Pet Talent”, and David Letterman and is hosted by the IVC Band Boosters. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.vegasbirds.info/fundraiser-chillicothe

The Gaither Vocal Band will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $28.50 and up and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Otherwise will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 on the day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Marchtober Fest will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Enjoy a German buffet including beef rouladen, bratwurst, schweineschnitzel, chicken parmesan, German green beans, red cabbage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes & gravy, and spaetzle for $12 per person. Kids 9 and under who wear a German lederhosen or a Dirdnl will eat free: all kids 12 and under without a German attire are $6. Entertainment will also be provided starting at 12:30 pm. Special beers, including Oktoberfest, will also be available for the event.  Cash only will be accepted. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Jaycees will host Peoria’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt at Detweiller Park near the Dogwood Pavilion with festivities on Sunday beginning at 1:30 pm and the hunt beginning at 2 pm. The event is open to families and children ages through 9. There will be 15,000 eggs stuffed with candy by the Easter Bunny and the Girl Scouts spread through 4 areas at the park with each areas corresponding to a specific age group: 0-2, 3-4, 5-7, 8-9. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriajaycees.org/easter-egg-hunt

A Gallery Walk with Preston Jackson will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday in the International Feature Gallery beginning at 2 pm. Peoria native Joel Ommen has been collecting works by Jackson, a local artist with a national reputation, for decades and has loaned some of his favorite pieces to the Museum for the “Stuff! The Art of Collecting’” exhibition. The artist will share his personal motivations for and perspectives on his work, focusing on the pieces from Ommen’s collection. The event is free to members and with regular paid 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 309-863-3028 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/504

Skillet will perform as part of Winter Jam also featuring Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, for King & Country, Family Force 5 and evangelist Tony Nolan on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 6 pm. There is a $10 donation at the door. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

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

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones continues and runs through April 19 with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Food Fight 2015 will take place at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Top local chefs will compete in two culinary competitions where participants can taste, judge and vote. Tickets are $60 per person and include international wine tasting and heavy hors d’oeuvres while watching the cooking battles. Proceeds benefit Neighborhood House. For tickets, call 309-674-1131 or visit www.nhpeoria.org/events.html

The Australian Bee Gees Show will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $36, $48 & $60 and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Ana Popovic will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:15 pm. Ana will be joined by The Smokers Blues Band and the Bret Bunton Project. Tickets are $22 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

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

The IHSA Class 3A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 4A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm. The IHSA Class 3A Final Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday with Game 1 beginning at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 4A Final Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $10.50, $8.50, $6.50 & $4 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Tony Suits with Dan Carroll 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 be held 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

Friday Night Live! will take place at Goodfellas in Pekin featuring The Smokers Blues Band on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

An Erin Feis Preview Party will be held on Friday at the Gateway Building on the Peoira Riverfront beginning at 7 pm. Socks in the Frying Pan, a young trio from County Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with an innovative rhythmic melodic garnish will perform. Tickets are $18 at the door.   For more information, visit www.erinfeispeoria.com/?p=1107

The Lieutenant of Inishmore will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com
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The Johnny Cash Experience will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday 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

Heart with special guest, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, will perform on Friday at the US Cellular Coliseum beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $49 and $59 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.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.  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/posts/481

The 1st Annual River City Running Symposium will be held on Saturday at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from 8 am – 5 pm. Learn the latest information on running related topics such as injury prevention and recovery, nutrition for runners, strength training and much more, from local area experts. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear advice from keynote speaker and 2004 Olympian, Tim Broe. Registration fee is $30 through March 20th and $40 the day of the event. Space is limited to the first 200 registrants. To register, visit www.rvrunning.com

The 5th Annual Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Fair will be held on Saturday at Ashland House (located at 201 East Ashland Street in Morton) from 9 am – 3 pm. A fundraising event for Totes for Ta-Tas/UnityPoint Health Methodist Breast Health Center, there will be over 45 crafters and vendors. For more information, call 309-263-7775.

Super Saturday: Precipitation will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Learn why March is traditionally such a stormy, rainy month plus all about precipitation plus see it rain indoors. The event is free to members and with regular paid 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will present “GUTS!” with Dr. Michael Treanor of Illinois Gastroenterology Institute at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. Please bring your favorite wine or beverage if desired. For more information, visit www.TheGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

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

I’m Not What I Did will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $43 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Make It Mozart at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring soloist Michael Dicker on bassoon, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria), by calling 309-339-3943 or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Peoria Pops Spring Concert, A Night on Broadway, will be presented at Five Points Washington on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students & groups and are available available at Five Points Washington, by calling 309-444-8222 or visiting www.fivepointswashington.org

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to Pirates of Penzance at Peoria Players Theatre,  2 Tickets to the Lt. of Inishmore at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse or 2 Tickets to Shen Yun at the Peoria Civic Center!

The 1st Annual Peoria Area Regional College Fair will be held in Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Serving high school students from Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Stark, Marshall, Putnam, and Knox counties, the fair is geared towards students beginning their college search. Representatives from over 80 colleges and universities nationwide will be available to answer questions about their institutions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 309-677-1000 or visit www.bradley.edu/collegefair

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones opens tonight and runs through April 19 with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival will take place at the Stoney Creek Inn (located at 101 Mariner’s Way in East Peoria) at 7 pm tonight (Thursday  – Gospel Night), at 7 pm on Friday, at 1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and a Sunday Morning Gospel performance beginning at 9:30 am. Tickets are $20 for each show or $30 for both shows on Saturday and $10 for Thursday night’s show with purchase of any other ticket. Advance tickets are available by emailing shortysbluegrass@comcast.net . For more information, call 309-671-0175.

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

50 Shades – The Musical Parody will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $36.50, $45 and $75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

“Tales from the Outer Solar System” will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Although admission is free, seating is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 309-686-7000. An Adler Planetarium simulcast of a live lecture by Mike “Pluto Killer” Brown, PhD, he will remotely control the Uniview planetarium software in the Peoria planetarium. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

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 The Brazilionaires on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
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

Tommy Davidson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for the Thursday show and $22 for the Friday and Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Central Illinois Recreational Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 2 – 7 pm, on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm and on Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is $8:50 for adults, $3 for kids aged 6-12, free for kids 5 & under and $6 for senior citizens aged 65 and over. For more information, visit www.eventsltd.org
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The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

Love Letters, featuring Greg Batton & Yvonne Greer, will be presented by The Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington Street in downtown Peoria) on Friday and Saturday with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost for dinner and the show is $38. For more information or to make reservations, call 309-494-9100.  

Friday Night Live! will take place at The Fieldhouse in Campustown with Capt. Quirk on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The 62nd Annual Pancake & Sausage Day hosted by the Morton Community United Church of Christ (located at 300 N. Main St. in Morton) will take place on Saturday from 6 am – 6 pm. Featuring all you can eat pancakes and sausage, baked goods, crafts and a family friendly atmosphere, tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids 12 & under available at the door. For more information, call 309-925-3642.

The 35th Biennial Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition opens on Saturday at four locations: the Heuser Art Center at Bradley University from 5 – 7 pm, the Prairie Center of the Arts from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, the Peoria Art Guild from 6 – 8 pm and the Contemporary Art Center from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The country’s second-longest running juried print and drawing competition will feature 142 works of art by 108 artists from around the globe. It includes traditional and nontraditional graphic media, from printmaking and drawing to book arts and experimental techniques. For more information, visit www.art.bradley.edu/bug

A Kiwanis Trivia Night will be held on Saturday beginning at 6 pm at the MTHS Old Gym hosted by the Metamora Kiwanis to benefit local Kiwanis charities and its Scholarship Fund. Tables of 10 are available for $150 ($15 per person). Prizes include $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Attendees are encouraged to bring food and beverage. No alcohol please on school grounds. For more information and tickets, call 309-481-4544 or email scottleas@allstate.com

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

Taking Back Sunday will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Also featuring The Menzingers and Letlive, tickets are $27 in advance and $30 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition will hold its 31st Annual Foodshare Canathon beginning n Sunday. Collection bins will be in place at area Krogers, Subways, Curves and neighborhood fire stations through March 21st. Suggested food items include canned meat or tuna, chili, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, boxed dinners and pasta. For more info, call 309-697-5762 or email pepperbauer@att.net

Young Guns Of Blues Fest featuring Samantha Fish, WSG Mike Zito, Matthew Curry and Jimmy Nick will perform at the Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4:15 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show for general admission. Reserved seating $16 in advance and $22 the day of show. Reserved tables are $26 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Remember:  Daylight Saving Time Begins officially takes place on Sunday at 2 am – so remember to set your clocks forward by one hour (spring ahead).

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to Beauty & the Beast at the Peoria Civic Center, Dinner & the Show “Tiptoe Through the Tombstones” for 2 at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre or 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game!

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council and Institute of International Studies will present The Ebola Effect: The Impact of Global Health Crises at the Michel Student Center, Bradley University tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. A panel discussion featuring Marc Carrigan from UnityPoint Health, Rick O’Connor from Caterpillar and James Bender from the ICC Department of Health Careers, tickets are $10 for PAWAC members and $15 for the general public. For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Humanity Stew continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center tonight (Thursday) & Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online atwww.cornsotcktheatre.com
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The Mountaintop will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, click HERE

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Charlie Hayes and Detroit Larry 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

Friday Night Live! will take place Joe’s in Pioneer Park featuring The Havana Ducks on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

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

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

Elephant’s Graveyard will be presented by the Illinois Central College Theatre department beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. The show is rated R for minimal adult language.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors citizens and students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

The BoDeans will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $18 in advance, $24 the day of the event and for $28 reserved seating, $45 for reserved tables and $75 for the VIP Loft and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Peoria Players will host a Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale at the theatre on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Peoria Park District and Peoria Art Guild will present Guess You Had To Be There, a contemporary art exhibition featuring emerging installation artwork from across the country, at the Peoria Riverfront Gateway Building in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is $5 per person and free for children aged 12 and under. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.peoriaartguild.org

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Dr. Thomas Griffiths, ICC Professor of Biology and active member of the North American Society for Bat Research at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visitwww.TheGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

Comedian Rodney Carrington will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $43.75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Miranda Lambert will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $54.75 and $39.75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Starkbier Fest will be held on Sunday from noon – 6 pm at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria).  Featuring a German buffet including wienerschnitzel, bratwurst, roast pork, (schweinbraten), chicken cordon blue, spaetzle, mashed potatoes & gravy, German potato salad, red cabbage and green beans, cost is $12 for adults or $6 for kids 12 & under. Apple strudel for dessert is $2 extra. Kids 9 and under who wear a costume from any Grimm Fairy Tale will eat for free. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Music in the McKenzie will present the Sally Weisenburg Band at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. Featuring blues, soul, jazz, country, standards, rock, Latin, surf, in addition to singing, Weisenburg also plays keyboards and keyboard bass and will perform along with her husband, Don Berbaum, on guitar, harmonica and steel guitar and Tony Corpus on drums. CDs will be available for sale and support The Friends of Peoria Public Library.

Dr. David Vroman and the Bradley University Symphonic Winds will present a costumed, turn-of-the-century park Sousa Style Concert at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W. Barker Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Cultural Events Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650.

Eureka College students and faculty will present the 6th Annual Cynthia Atterbury Piano Duet Recital on Sunday at 4 pm in the Chapel on the Eureka College campus. Admission is free. For more information, call 309 467-6398.

The Creve Coeur Club of Peoria will host its 117th Annual George Washington Banquet at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring Keynote Speaker, Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize Winner for Distinguished Commentary, Columnist for the Washington Post, contributor for FOX News and New York Times #1 Best-selling Author of Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics. For ticket information, call 672-2267 or emailinfo@crevecoeurclub.org