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The Groveland Community Library (located at 173 Washington St. in Groveland) will host its semi-annual Used Book Saletoday (Thursday) until 8 pm, Friday from 8 am – 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. A wide variety of books appealing to readers of all ages will be available, including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books: fill a bag with books for $3.50. All proceeds benefit Groveland Community Library, an independent library run entirely by volunteers. For more information, call the 309-387-2816.

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with  additional performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) will host its Performance Poetry Open Mic Night tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Area poets take the stage and perform or read their original work or share their favorite piece. Admission is free and door prizes will be awarded. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own snacks. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/speakeasyartcenter

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Spring Awakening at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm each night or at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

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

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

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

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

Bare the Musical will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Avenue Q will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309- 694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Beyond the Headlines: Haiti in Music will be presented by Bradley University at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W. Barker in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Crossing Borders Collective, a Chicago-based multi-cultural classical music ensemble will perform string quartets by Haitian composers. Also, excerpts of the new documentary “Kenbe La” (“Hold On”) by Bel Son Productions, which explores music education in Haiti, will be shown.

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

Days Of The New will perform with bassist Charlie Colin from Train at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance $20 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 12th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place on the Peoria RiverPlex on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am. Cost is $20 for walkers, $10 children 10 and under, and free for brain tumor survivors and is available online in advance or the day of the event. For more information, visit www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront for the final time this season on Saturday morning 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 28th annual Walk for Literacy will take place at Common Place Family Learning Center (located at 514 S. Shelley Street in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 am. Featuring the Bookmobile, local firemen and police, a continental breakfast and prizes, cost to participate is $25 per person or $40 for families of three or more. For more information, call 309-674-3315, ext. 15, or visit www.commonplacepeoria.org/events

The Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair featuring works of over 150 national artists will take place on the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for both days and kids aged 12 & under are free. Admission to the Children’s Corner is $5.  As one of the oldest outdoor juried art fairs in the country, the Fine Art Fair gives everyone the rare opportunity to meet and talk with nationally-recognized artists, sample some of city’s finest cuisine, and listen to some of Peoria’s best musical performers. And for the kids, they can have their own art adventure at the Kids Art Fair. For more information, visit www.peoriaartguild.com

The Autumn Gems Quilt Show 2014 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Featuring 400+ quilts, bed turning, a silent auction & boutique, demonstrations, a quilt challenge, a raffle quilt, vendors, food & beverages and free parking, admission is $7, a 2 day pass is $10, children 6-12 are $1 and students with ID are half price available at the door. For more information, visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

Born 2 Run, a 5K Run or 3K Walk, will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. The event is Dr. Seuss themed and will benefit the children at St. Jude. Meet some of Dr. Seuss’ famous characters, take photos in a whimsical setting, enjoy children’s inflatables, a dunk tank, face painting, balloons, vendors and more. Adult cost is $35 in advance or $40 the day of the event. For ages 16 & under, cost is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. To register, visit www.register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=9875  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Born2Events

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery will host Recovery Walks! 2014 at Proctor Hospital (located at 5409 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at Noon to benefit the Ameel Rashid Scholarship Fund, which helps patients in need pay for treatment at the Institute. Participation is $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and under or families are $50. For more information, call 309- 671-8377.

The Peoria Historical Society and Institute for Principled Leadership at Bradley University will recognize the Honorable Ray LaHood with the 2014 deTonti Award at a special tribute dinner on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. The award honors a Tri-County individual or organization demonstrating outstanding community leadership. Cost is $150 for individuals or tables of ten are $1,500 and reservations may be made at the Peoria Historical Society Office, by calling 309-674-1921 or by visiting www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will take place at the Pekin Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Amanda Ballard, animal behaviorist and founder/owner of Halo Animal Behavior Consulting, will present on how to improve trust and communication with our canine friends in “Dog Listening: The Science Behind Effective Communication with Dogs”. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-267-6096 or visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com or HERE

Peoria Jaycees Night Golf will take place on Saturday at Fondulac Golf Course (located at 123 Par 3 Ln. in East Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Registration cost is $25 per person or $100 per team and is available at www.peoriajaycees.org/night-golf  Teams may also register on the day of the event from 6 – 6:30 pm which includes a glow ball, glow necklace and greens fee. Prizes will be awarded for Best Men’s Team, Best Woman’s Team and Best Mixed Team. Proceeds benefit local breast cancer research and support. For more information contact peoriajaycees@gmail.com

Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Vendor Fair at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm for some early Christmas shopping. Vendors will include 8bit Panda, AdvoCare, Dove Chocolate, JammBerry Nails & Etta Lu Shoes, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Silpada, Thirty-One and Tupperware. Benefits from the fair will help fund the Friends of Rocky Glen’s effort to build a parking lot and trail system so Peoria’s newest park can be opened to the public. For more information visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

The St. Martin Chamber Players will present Folk Song, Fable, and Fusion, an eclectic mix of innovative sounds and timbres, at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Selections include compositions by Herzogenberg, Nielson, and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto featuring Mark Filip on clarinet. Admission is free and open to the public. An offering will be accepted and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ”Downtown Thursday” will take place on the 2nd Street Market in Chillicothe today (Thursday) from 4 – 8 pm featuring a Back to School Bash and Ice Cream Social plus a live auction, food, vendors and door prizes. For more information, click HERE

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm and at 7 pm on Friday 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

Monty Python’s Spamalot continues at Corn Stock Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 13th Annual Amateur Tournament Semi Finals and Finals  will take place at Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday and Friday shows and $12 on Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

The Manito Popcorn Festival will take place in downtown Manito on Friday beginning at 3 pm and running through Sunday. Featuring a 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk on Saturday at 7:30 pm followed by a parade at 10 am, there will also be a battle of the bands, a petting zoo, an antique tractor pull, a lip sync contest, live entertainment, a craft show plus food through Sunday at 5 pm. For more information, visit www.manitopopcornfestival.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the The Flying D’Rito Brothers on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The 26th Annual Illinois Blues Festival will take place at Peoria Riverfront Park beginning at 6 pm on Friday and at Noon on Saturday featuring three stages of entertainment plus musician workshops, Blues Alley with arts and merchandise vendors, food and beer. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for a one day admission, or $35 in advance and $40 at the gate for a two-day admission and are available at Emack’s & Bolio’s on the Peoria RiverFront & Peoria Heights and at CO-OP Records, by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX or online at www.jaytv.com  For more information, visit www.illinoisbluesfestival.com

Zoo After Dark will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy a special tour to learn about night houses, nocturnal animals and even meet some animals up close. Cost is $20 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The “End of Summer Bash” featuring Travis Porter will take place on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. This event is for ages 16: ages 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $21 for general admission seating or $40 for VIP Loft Seating (Must be 21 & over) and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Farmington Italian Fest will take place on Saturday in Jacobs Park in Farmington beginning at 7 am with “Race the Fest”, a 5k/2 mile walk and a kids’ fun run beginning at 9 am. Featuring inflatable rides, a petting zoo, a kids activities corner, an 18 game backyard challenge, live entertainment, a kiddie tractor pull, a spaghetti eating contest plus authentic Italian cuisine and a beer tent. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 309-245-2441 or visit www.farmingtonitalianfest.wordpress.com

The 36th Annual Zoo Run Run is a picturesque 5K run throughout the beautifully landscaped Zoo grounds and surrounding Glen Oak Park on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am for the 5K and 9:15 am for the Youth Run. Fees are $25 for Zoo members and $30 for non-members for the 5K and $12 for Zoo members or $15 for the Youth Run. The race takes place before the Zoo opens and a limited edition T-shirt is included with race registration plus admission to the Zoo and the after party. Food, prizes and awards available to all runners including participants in the fun quarter-mile Youth Run. Registration is available at HERE  For more information, call 309-681-3500 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria will take place on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An early cruise will also take place on Saturday from 11 – 12:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Pekin Diversity Festival will take place on Saturday from 1-3 pm in downtown Pekin at the Speakeasy Art Center and on Court Street between CJ’s Restaurant and Capitol Street. Geared toward 3- to 12-year-old children, children will start at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, where they will pick up a passport and at the end collect a prize if they visit all of the activities. Presenters will teach about cultural activities from Latin America, Scotland, Uganda, Germany, Japan, India, Arabic cultures, Thailand, Lebanon, Italy and Native American culture. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-267-2058.

The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring live music from The Shake and a LUCY look-a- like contest, admission is $5 or free for kids 12 and under. For information on the event call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 4th Annual Party for a Purpose will take place on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing from 5 – 9 pm. This family-friendly, cancer screening awareness event will include face painting, music, balloon animals, food, door prizes and more. The event is hosted by the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Center at OSF Saint Francis, in conjunction with the Illinois Lung Institute, Central Illinois Radiological Associates, Peoria Surgical Group, Illinois Cancer Center and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. For more information, call 309-655-3897.

Dope, (Hed)P.E., Beyond Threshold, Lydia Can’t Breathe, Left4Dead, Betrayal From Within will perform on Sunday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 2014 Labor Day Parade will start in front of the Fire Station on Monroe Street and end at the Peoria Courthouse on Monday beginning at 10 am. The Labor Day Picnic will take place Festival Park following the parade featuring food and live entertainment provided. For more information, visit www.peoriaevents.com

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The annual Dunlap Days festival will be held at North Park (JFL Field located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) beginning at 6 pm tonight (Thursday), 6 pm on Friday & 8 am on Saturday. There will be live entertainment by Jamm Sammich & Bubblegum Jack, a bags tournament, a carnival, a petting zoo, a beer garden & food, a pancake & sausage breakfast (on Saturday morning), crafts & vendors, a decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest & parade, face painting and more. For complete information, visit www.villageofdunlap.com

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm, at 7 pm on Friday and at 6:30 pm on Saturday 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 on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 ($12 with cash payment) except for the Thursday show, which is $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

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

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

The Peoria Park District and the St. Patrick Society of Peoria will host the 18th annual Irish Festival, Erin Feis on the RiverFront from 4 pm – 11:30 pm on Friday, from 11:30 am – 11:30 pm on Saturday & from 9:30 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Showcasing Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink and cultural exhibits, there will be Irish bands and musicians on multiple stages, a vendor marketplace and more. Admission is $7 before 5 pm or $10 after 5 pm, children under 12 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Sunday with a canned good donation from 9:30 – 11 am.  For more information, please visit www.erinfeispeoria.com

Hanna City Days will take place across from the Hanna City Park District Building (located at 511 N. Main Street in Hanna City) beginning at 4:30 pm on Friday, 6:30 am on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday. Featuring a carnival, pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday, a 5k Race/1.5 mile walk, a parade, live music a community church service and more,  for more information, visit www.hannacityheritagedays.wordpress.com

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

The ICC Guest Artists Series will present Simply Streisand at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Monty Python’s Spamalot will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre Friday through Saturday, August 30 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Joey Hyde will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

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

Peoria County Recycling will host a Recycling Extravaganza Event at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. The one-stop, drop-off event will allow residents to recycle items without getting out of their car, including electronics, cell phones, eyeglasses, ink cartridges, batteries, CFLs, motor oil, documents for shredding and more. For a complete list of acceptable items and limits, visit www.peoriacounty.org/recycle/filesand select the Recycling Extravaganza 2014 flyer. For more information, call 309-681-2550.

The Washington Arts Festival will take place in Washington Park (located adjacent to Lincoln Grade School) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring over 50 artists displaying their handcrafted art, there will also be a parade, visits by the Clydesdales, children’s activities on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, bounce houses, face painting, free ice cream and children’s art activities. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-444-9413 or visit www.washingtonparkdistrict.com/news-events/fine-arts-fair

The 4th Annual Native Americans Speak event will take place on Saturday at Shore Acres Park (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) from 10 am – 4 pm. In conjunction with the Chillicothe Park District, the 4 Directions Healing Foundation and Native American friends will share culture from their tribal backgrounds through storytelling, speakers, food, drum/dance demonstrations and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-360-4836 or visit www.4directionshealingfoundation.org

The 7th Annual Muscle on Main Strongman Contest will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm on Main and Jefferson Streets in downtown Morton. The public is invited and there will be health and fitness information and food. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

The 26th Annual Duck Race will take place on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront next to the Spirit of Peoria beginning at Noon. A fundraiser for the organization, cost to adopt a duck is $5. Winning ducks are selected at random when they are dumped into the Illinois river and prizes include a $5,000 cash grand prize plus gift cards to popular retail stores and restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse. For more information and to adopt ducks, visit www.duckrace.com/peoria

The Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) will host Wine & Art Night on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Create a Rustic Woven Wall Hanging using yarn and natural materials to create a very unique piece. Participants are encouraged to bring in natural fibers, grasses, shells, seed pods, and/or items from their garden, yard, vacation or a trip to incorporate. Cost is $30 for members and $33 for non-members. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 309-863-3034 or for more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Sing in the Park Concert will take place at Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Saturday  beginning at 7:30 pm featuring Pride of Peoria Chorus with the Happy Hour Quartet. Admission is free.

The Drunken Zombie Deadly Drive In Double Feature: The Giant Spider & Horrors Of Spider Island will be shown at Landmark Cinemas Drive In on Saturday with gates opening at 8 pm and the movies starting at dark. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per car load (whichever is cheaper). Door prizes will be given away. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/521363224664249

The Behind Every Bride Bridal Showcase will take place on Sunday at the at Par-A-Dice Hotel from 11 am – 3 pm. Plan your wedding by visiting with photographers, DJs, florists, bridal gown vendors, bridal accessories vendors and more. Admission and parking are free. Enjoy fashion shows by Adore Bridal & Specialty at Noon and 2 pm. For more information, visit www.behindeverybride.com

The 8th Annual Grape Stomp will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring live music by the West MacQueen Street Band, kids will also be able to play bags all day, enjoy grape train rides and a bounce house. Admission is $10 per person which Includes 3 tasting tickets for those over 21. Admission for kids 12 and under is free. To participate in the Grape Stomp, the entry fee for teams of 3 is $20 per person/$60 per team and participants receive half off gate fee. Winners receive a $100 gift certificate to the Tasting Room.   Competition proceeds benefit The Cancer Center for Healthy Living. For more information and to register to participate, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Drivin’ N Cryin’ will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $9.99 in advance or $14 the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

2 Passes to “Foot Golf” at Detweiller Park, 2 “Moonlight Cruises” on the Spirit of Peoria, 4 Tickets to the Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at the Peoria Riverfront Museum & 4 Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs 2014 Season Game!

The Illinois State Fair opened this morning on the Illinois State Fairgrounds and runs from 7 am – Midnight each day through Sunday, August 17. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle Parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.agr.state.il.us/isf
Brimfield Old Settler’s Days will take place beginning at 5:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at  5 pm on Friday & at 6:30 am on Saturday featuring food, a beer garden, a 5K Walk/Run, carnival rides, an arts & crafts fair, kid’s bicycle races, a bags tournament, a parade plus live entertainment including Ronnie McDowell and Panther Creek Duo. For more information, call 309-444-3908 or visit www.brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com
Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Illinois Central Jazz Train, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at Forest Park Nature Center. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com
The Peoria Chiefs will take on Kane County tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and is 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 Rooster Alley on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org
Corn Stock Theatre continues it’s production of A Year with Frog & Toad through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2014 continues with Sweeney Todd beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Much Ado About Nothing beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Elizabeth Rex  on Friday at 8 pm and Antony & Cleopatra at 8 pm on Saturday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org
Peoria Players Theatre will present Little Shop of Horrors beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
Ripley’s Bizarre Buying Bazaar will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Get free admission to the Museum & the RIpley’s exhibit when you bring in an item for an odd-prasial (one free admission per appraised item. Ripley’s wants to buy your weird stuff: search your closets, attics, basements, and garages for oddities large or small, including collections. Edward Meyer, longtime Ripley’s curator, will bring his Bizarre Buying Bazaar to conduct oddness-appraisals and possibly purchase your items for the Ripley’s permanent collection. For more information, call 309-863-3028 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org
The Mid-America Antique Show will be held at Expo Gardens located on Northmoor Road in Peoria (near Richwoods High School) on Friday from 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is $6 and is good for all 3 days. For more information, call 847-272-0710 or 309-691-6332 during the show.
Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. There will also be an early cruise on Saturday from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Soul Fest 2014 will take place in the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Park from 6 – 11:30 pm featuring Gospel music on Friday, performances by local choirs and performers and of course, soul food. Saturday night’s headliner is R&B recording artist Ginuwine featuring songs from his multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums. Tickets for Friday’s Gospel night are $10 both in advance and at the gate. Saturday’s tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate and advance tickets for both nights are available at Emack & Bolio’s on the RiverFront, Co-Op Record Stores, Janet’s Just For You and online at www.jaytv.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
Alex Mansoori will perform “Here’s to the Ladies” at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located The Broadway Lounge in The Waterhouse at The Maxam Building in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100. For more information, visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/PeoriaCabaret
The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
The 5K Duck Dash and 1 Mile Waddle Walk will take place on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 8 am to benefit the Center for the Prevention of Abuse. The fee to participate is $35 and registrations are available online at www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org
From break dancing to ballet, painting to fashion, cars to guitars, Ignite Peoria! has something to spark the creative passion in people of all ages at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8:45 am with an opening ceremony and running throughout the day. The main hub of the event, located in Exhibit Halls B and C, will feature Creation Stations, World and Cultural booths, live entertainment and art demonstrations. Creation Stations will feature a range of hands-on activities such as metal stamping, caricatures, photography portraits, artistic displays, a musical instrument petting zoo. This area will also feature art on display and artists demonstrating their art in action.  The event is free and open to the public. Some events and activities will charge an additional fee. For more information, visit www.ignitepeoria.com  The Peoria Civic Center parking lots will also be free.
The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com
Sommer Park will host an Open House and Picnic in honor of their 50th Anniversary on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. The Prairie Shelter and playground will be available for families to bring their own picnic basket and enjoy the shelter, playground and other activities happening that day, including a birthday cake.
There will be a Bike Rodeo held at Bicycle Safety Town (located at 6518 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 – 11:30 am. Bring your bike to have it checked by a professional mechanic for safety. Kids who complete a safety activity will be entered to win one of 8 new bikes. Children who do not already have a helmet will receive one. For more information, call 309-682-6684.
The 85th annual Summer Festa Picnic will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located off Illinois Route 40 north of Peoria) from Noon – 7pm. Featuring the Vince Chiarelli Band, Italian food, beverages, gift booths, a car show, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest and bocce ball, admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Parking is free. The event is a fund-raiser for the Italian-American Society scholarship programs. For more information, visit www.ItalianAmericanSociety.com
Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise running from 5 – 7 pm featuring live music by Ted Lemen and his crew of world champion ragtime pianists. Tickets are $26 for adults or $20 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
The Happy Together 30th Anniversary Tour will return to the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm featuring The Turtles, Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner formerly of Grand Fund Railroad, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Relive the cool rock of the ’60s, complete with plenty of timeless classics.  Tickets are $32.50, $42.50, $49.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at www.Ticketmaster.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
The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org

2 Passes to “Foot Golf” at Detweiller Park, 2 “Moonlight Cruises” on the Spirit of  Peoria, 4 Tickets to the Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at the Peoria Riverfront Museum & 4 Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs 2014 Season Game!

Is There Life After 50? opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with additional performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Arts in the Park will feature The West MacQueen Street Band tonight (Thursday) at the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Brian Choban Jazz Quintet, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Sundy Best with special guests Craig Gerdes and Brian Dennison will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Elizabeth Rex beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm on Saturday, Antony & Cleopatra on Friday at 8 pm and Much Ado About Nothing on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

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

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

The 9th Annual Tower Park Music Festival will take place at Prospect and Glen in Peoria Heights from 3 – 11 pm on Friday & Saturday featuring a variety of live music plus food, a beer tent and family fun around Tower Park. Bands include Heavy Shake, Roundstone Buskers, Sol, Paige DeChausse and the Reverent Few on Friday and the Robin Crowe Band, The Midnight Special, Celetricity with Barry Cloyd and Drivetrain Feat with Nick Boettcher on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheights.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Charles Walker Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

4 & 20 will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Corn Stock Theatre will present A Year with Frog & Toad Friday through Saturday, August 9 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2014 will present Sweeney Todd beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

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

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

The Triangle of Opportunity Bike Tour will take place on Saturday from 7 am – 2 pm beginning at Idlewood Park Pavilion (located at 450 E. Greenwood in Morton) at 7am. Choose your course of a 50 or 25 mile ride with periodic stops. Fees are $25 for individuals and $40 for a family. Refeshments will be available at designated stops and a light lunch will take place in Idlewood Park at the end of the tour. For registration and more information, visit www.triangleofopportunity.org

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

The 8th Annual Bilingual Health Fair to promote a “Healthy Happy Community” will take place at Peoria Friendship House (located at 800 NE Madison in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. The event is a free, innovative family event featuring Men, Women, Kid, and Community Health Centers with screenings and resources for everyone. Access to a variety of health screenings, medical services and community resources will be available in English and Spanish. For more information, call 309-671-5200.

The Whiskey City Collaborative and ArtsPartners of Central Illinois will host the Better Block Project, a one-day exploration of an active street life with pop-up shops, art and culture on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm at the corners of Main & Sheridan in Peoria. The neighborhood will be bustling with live theater and live music in the community garden all day, with businesses open for lunch and outdoor seating scattered throughout the neighborhood. For more information, visit www.thewhiskeycity.com

The Peoria Park District and the Indo-American Society will present India Fest at The CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing, a kids area with henna tattoos, a dress-up photo booth, games and prizes. Admission is $5 for adults before 5 pm and $7 after 5 pm and children under 10 are free. $1 per ticket sales will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Waugh Fish Fry will take place on Saturday at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 N. Rt. 29 in Chillicothe) with food beginning at 5 pm and music beginning at 6:30 pm. Live music will feature the Vanessa Davis Band with Robin Crowe and the Bret Bunton Band. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Dinner is $10 and a cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com

Bratfest will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm featuring live music by Eddie Korosa and the Rathskellar Brummers – Lindenhof Echoes. There will be a craft & import beer tasting from 1 – 6 pm, a fine arts and craft village, a muscle cars, hot rods and customized motorcycles cruis’n, a shooting tent, soccer, bingo plus brats, sandwiches and complete dinners available. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

In the Good Old Summertime”, a nostalgic photo exhibit featuring historical summer scenes and activities in old Peoria, will take place at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. There will be displays of early swimsuits, delicate white Edwardian lawn dresses, vintage tools exhibits, sports and river life. If you like, bring your picnic basket and enjoy our perennial gardens and view of the river and city in Flanagan’s big backyard. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children aged 4 – 12. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Vintage, Vines and Wines event will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard from Noon – 6 pm. The pavilion will be filled with vintage chic and unique furnishings, accessories, jewelry and clothes in over 20 booths. Enjoy wine tasting and live music by New & Slightly Used and Last Call in the vineyard setting. Band cover charge is $5 with ages 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.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

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

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

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $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 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm featuring Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Mike Armstrong 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 late shows and $15 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday night featuring live entertainment with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Heart of Illinois Fair kicks off at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Friday at 4 pm and runs through Saturday, July 19 with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a KCBS BBQ cook-off, a petting zoo, and the Rising Star Singing Contest to name a few. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rob Williams Blues 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 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria POPS Orchestra will present The Best of the Best at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Guys & Dolls opens on Friday at the Corn Stock Theatre main stage tent (located in upper Bradley park) and runs through Saturday, July 19 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Much Ado About Nothing beginning at 8 pm on Friday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington), Elizabeth Rex on Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Antony & Cleopatra on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Here Come the Mummies! will perform on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $21 in advance or $26 the day of the show or $75 for VIP seating and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

The Inaugural Flying Fish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament will take place outside of Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria on Saturday from 5 am – 1 pm with food samples and educational displays available from 11 am – 3 pm. Registration is $120 per team of four. Money raised will support the Union Sportsman Alliance and the preservation of the Peoria Labor Temple. For more information, click HERE

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

The G-Fit Experience, a free fitness event, will be held at Guardian Fitness (located at 2240 W Townline Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – Noon featuring various fitness classes, consultations and raffle prizes. All levels of fitness are welcome to workout or watch. For more information, visit www.guardian-fit.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Heartache Tonight, an Eagles Tribute Band, will perform at the CEFCU Stage (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

Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40, $60 and $76 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or charge at 800-745-3000.

Yvonne Greer will perform in a cabaret at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse at the MAXAM, 316 SW Washington Street) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 2014 Tremont Turkey Festival will take place through Sunday in downtown Tremont. Hours are 9 am – 10 pm on Thursday, 11 am – 10 pm on Friday, 6:30 am – 10 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. The event features the Miss Tremont Pageant on Thursday night, a pancake & sausage breakfast, a 5k race, horseshoe tournament, an antique tractor pull and live music by Heartache Tonight on Saturday, a community church service, car show and parade on Sunday plus a carnival, live entertainment, food featuring (of course) turkey throughout the festival. For more information, visit www.turkeyfestival.com

The Peoria Bach Festival celebrates its 12th year in 2014 with performances through Sunday celebrating the renowned composer. 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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm, and the show begining at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Spring Creek Station beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.  Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The 48th Annual Claud-Elen Days will take place tonight (Thursday) through Sunday with carnival rides, games, a parade on Saturday food plus live entertainment in downtown Chillicothe. For more information, click HERE

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

Smokey Joe’s Cafe will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday at 2 pm. The songs of Leiber and Stoller, Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a Grammy Award-winning musical revue that showcases 39 pop standards, including rock’ n’ roll and rhythm & blues. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Corn Stock Theatre continues its production of Funny Girl through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com  Season tickets for all 5 shows throughout the summer are $66 per person are also available.

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

The Luthy Botanical Garden Summer Plant Sale and Craft Show (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) runs from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday & Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. In addition to plants there will also be a craft show featuring local crafts and vendors. Admission is $2.50 or free for ages 12 and under. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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

Steady Flow will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with local bands The Sites and Unamused Dave opening beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Dierks Bentley with Tyler Farr and Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. will perform in concert on Friday at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 N. Rt. 29 in| Chillicothe) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 in advance and are available at all Co-Op Records locations, by calling 800-514-3849 or online at www.jaytv.com

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will be held on Saturday in downtown Elmwood featuring strawberry treats (such as strawberry pizza, strawberry shortcake, strawberry shake ups, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry soda & strawberry jam), musical entertainment, children’s activities and crafts. There will be a car show from 8 am – Noon, a pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 – 10 am, craft booths from 8 am – 6 pm, the River Valley Antique Association, a kids corner, 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, click HERE

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

Run for the Sun, a 4-mile trail run to benefit the Sun Foundation, will be held on Saturday at the Sun Foundation Center (located at 1276 Sun Rd, Washburn) beginning at 8 am. Registration cost is $35. There will also be a non-competitive 1-mile Fun Run. Fun Run registration is $5 or $15 for a race t-shirt. To register, click HERE

The 34th annual Moss Avenue Sale will take place on Saturday along 6 blocks of historic Moss Avenue (between Western and McArthur Blvd.) from 8 am – 3 pm. Featuring antique and collectible dealers, hand made items, fine art dealers, food vendors and live music, admission is free. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 309-676-7900 or visit https://www.facebook.com/MossAvenueAntiqueSaleFestival

The 2nd Annual Running with the Dogs fundraiser for Paws Giving Independence will be held on Saturday at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) with registration opening at 8:30 am and the 5K Race and 3K Walk beginning at 9:30 am. The races take place on Prospect Road through both Peoria and Peoria Heights, with a post-race event taking place at Junction City. Cost is $35 per or free for children 12 & under. For more information, visit www.givingindependence.org

The Peoria Heights Tower Park Art Festival will take place at Tower Park from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring art vendors, face painting, balloon animals, live music and food, watch artists create sidewalk chalk art on the walkway throughout the festival. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com/events.htm

The Peoria Humane Society will host a “Kitten Shower” at the PACHS shelter (located at 2600 NE Perry in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 3 pm. Due to the overabundance of kittens available for adoption, the event’s goal is to find homes for the kittens as well as replenish diminishing supplies for the shelter to care for them. For more information, call 309-682-9015.

Zoo To Do, the annual gala event at Peoria Zoo, will take place at the Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a silent auction and a three-course meal in the Africa! exhibit. Interact with animals from from the education collection as they roam the event with their keepers and take a tour of the animal night quarters for an exclusive behind the scenes experience. Tickets are $125 and VIP tickets are also available for $150. To reserve tickets and for more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Gala of the Royal Horses will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 plus a limited number of VIP seats for $58 including a meet and greet. Children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over receive a $5 discount (excluding VIP). Tickets are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Local band The Generations and The Pulse will perform on Saturday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Roots of Folk Celebration featuring Barry Cloyd will take place on Saturday at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. Opening act will be Walten Pond and main acts are The Way Down Wanderers and Barry Cloyd’s Celtricity. For more information, call 309-674-7121.

The 5th Annual Homes of Hope Benefit Car Show will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm featuring live music by Lost Haven and the Stevill Dan Band as well as wine tasting, food and raffles. Admission is free and car show registration is $10. For more information, call 309-862-0607 or visit www.homesofhopeinc.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