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A replica Nina and Pinta will be docked on the Peoria RiverFront at The Landing next to The Spirit of Peoria at the foot of Main street for self-guided tours of the ships every day through Sept. 22 between 9 am – 6 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for students aged 5 to 16, children under 4 are free. For more information, visit www.thenina.com

Peoria County emergency management experts will present “It Can Happen to You,” a free public workshop on how to become better prepared before disaster strikes at the Illinois Central College North Campus tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Emergency management personnel will discuss preparedness steps, explain how to identify points of contact and create an emergency plan, and describe how to build an emergency supply kit for your home and vehicle. For more information, call 309-672-6918.

The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” lecture presented by James Clad, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and consultant for Cambridge Energy Research Associates will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7pm in the Owens Professional Development Center in Westlake Hall on the Bradley University campus. James will discuss the changing dynamics of global energy production. Tickets for the program only are free: RSVP at pawac@bradley.edu or 309-677-2454.  Presented by Bradley’s Institute of International Studies and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, for more information, visit www.pawac.org

The Fox on the Fairway opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances this 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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Eastlight Theatre continues its regional premiere of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night 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

moe. will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 at the gate. For more information, visit www.jaytv.com

Sexy in Stillettos will take place at California Style Fitness Studio (located at 4450 N Prospect Rd, Suite S2 in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9 pm. A ladies only event, you’ll learn the proper way to walk in high heels. Admission is $10. For more information, call 309-397-3057 or visit www.calistyle.wix.com/studio

Nick Swardson will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $39.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at www.Ticketmaster.com

Nick Griffin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday & Friday 10:30 pm shows and $15 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 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

A Captain’s Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 10:45 am and the cruise running from 11 – 1 pm. Tickets for the cruise only 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  A lunch will also be available for $30 for adults and $15 for kids 4-12. For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society will host the 19th Annual German Festival, Oktoberfest on the Peoria Riverfront Friday through Sunday. The event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and more featuring German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors, and more. Admission is $7 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Friday Night RPGS will take place at the Chillicothe Public Library District (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) with an instructional session on Friday from 5 – 7 pm and a play session from 7 – 11 pm. This event is for ages 18 and up only who have always wanted to get into tabletop games, such as Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons but didn’t know where to start. Hosted by a long-time gamer, you can learn the basics of building characters, creating epic storylines, and fighting enemies. Snacks will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-274-2719.

The 2nd Annual Bluegrass in the Valley will take place at Camp Wokanda, 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Admission is $10 per family on Friday and on Saturday, the festival runs from 10 am – 10 pm with an admission of $15 per person or $45 max per family. The event will showcase local Americana musical talent on two stages, food vendors, nature art vendors, and more.  For more information, call 309-579-2157.

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday & Saturday in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2843. For more information, visit www.redbirdhockey.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

The Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be held at 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora on Saturday beginning at 6 am. Featuring an all-you-can-eat breakfast with freewill donation, an auction will follow beginning at 10:30 am with vacation packages, sports tickets, antiques & handmade quilts and more. For more information, call 309-367-4300 Extension 116.

Peoria Superfest, an amateur radio, computer & electronics show hosted by the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club, will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) from 6 am – dusk on Saturday and from 6 am – 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.w9uvi.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 annual Illinois River Sweep will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 8 am. A volunteer clean up of areas around the Illinois River in Peoria, gloves and trash bags will be provided to volunteers. To register and for more information, call 309-686-3360.

Shakunthala – The Forgotten Ring will be performed on Saturday at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm.  Based on a beloved tale from Indian mythology, it’s been referred to as the Indian Cinderella, the production is a a collaborative production between Mythili Dance Academy and the Peoria Ballet. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students aged 16 & under and are available at the Peoria Ballet, by calling 309-690-7990 or online at www.peoriaballet.com

The Peoria Symphony will open its season with world-artist violinist Sarah Chang as soloist at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring famous works of the romantic era – Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Brahms Symphony No.1, tickets range from $26 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Bodybag Fit For A King, Shows Inc, Prey for Us, Moterbiscuit, Undsheltered, Aterra Tale, Betrayal From Within, Burden Of The Sky, Through Eyes of Tomorrow, and The Truth will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Oktoberfest Das Bier Run 5k Race will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday beginning at 12:30 pm. The cost is $30 and includes a commemorative stein and admission to Oktoberfest for the day of the race. To register and for more information, visit www.DasBierRun.com

A Grand Victorian Tea Party will take place at the Pettengill-Morron Historical Home (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Have you wondered what it would be like to enjoy tea with an Earl and Countess? Experience a Downton Abbey afternoon with tea and delicacies on fine china plus tour the lavish Pettengill-Moron home. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Peoria Historical Society or by calling 309-674-1921. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Park District in conjunction with the Illinois Valley Yacht Club will present the Columbus Cup, a series of sailboat races, on the Illinois River along the Peoria Riverfront. The second race is scheduled for Sunday and the third and final day of races will take place Sunday, October 12th, with local entertainment and activities for spectators viewing the races from the Riverfront. For more information, call 309-689-3019.

The Central Ill Jazz Orchestra will perform on Sunday at the Landmark Rec Center Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) with the Central Illinois Jazz Society house band opening for them beginning at 6 pm. The Orchestra is a sixteen-piece swing band made up of top area musicians led by Dr. Todd Kelly of Bradley University on trumpet playing jazz classics. Food and drink will be available. Admission is $7 for non-members and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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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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The 2014 Pekin Marigold Festival will be held tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin featuring Duck Dynasty star Tim Guraedy “Mountain Man”, live entertainment, a sand volleyball tournament, the Marigold 5k Run/Walk, a carnival, a climbing wall, a “top dog” pageant, a parade, kids activities, food plus much more. For complete details on the festival, visit www.pekinchamber.com/MarigoldFestival.html

The Elmwood Fall Festival will take place on the square in downtown Elmwood beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. Featuring carnival rides, a parade, food, craft booths, children’s activities and live entertainment, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ElmwoodFallFestival

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

Dylan Scott will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Astronomy for Everyone will take place at the Chillicothe Public Library (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Following an indoor presentation by astronomer Kevin Manning, you can view celestial objects in the night sky (weather permitting). Tickets are free but required and may be picked up at the library or reserved by calling 309-274-2719.

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

The Hayloft’s 32nd Annual Art and Craft Fair starts at 10 am on Friday and continues through Sunday. The fair will feature more than 25 craftsmen and artists and include folk music and lunch served by Haddads Downtown. On Saturday, the Mossville Volunteer Firemen will host their annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 am. For more information, call 309-579-3141.

Peoria Historical Society’s River City 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 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 where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years 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 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 DC3 on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Friday Night RPGS will take place on Friday at the Chillicothe Public Library District (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) from 5 – 7 pm. For ages 18 and up only who have always wanted to get into tabletop games, such as Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons but didn’t know where to start. Hosted by a long-time gamer, you can learn the basics of building characters, creating epic storylines, and fighting enemies. Snacks will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-274-2719.

Ragime will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and go on sale August 25 at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria 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

Cameron Esposito will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the 8 pm shows and $13 for the 10:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Illinois Central College’s 34th annual Landscape and Garden Day will take place on Saturday on the ICC East Peoria Campus from 9 am – 3 pm. The free public event will feature topics and demonstrations for gardeners of all ages and skill levels. This year’s theme is “Welcome to My Garden.” There will be pizza garden, seminars, exhibits, taste testing, a plant sale and more. For more information, call 309-694-8872.

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

Bishop Hill will host the 2014 Chautauqua at Village Park on Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm. A family-oriented event, watch re-enactors tell inspiring stories about historical figures including Harriet Tubman, Meriwether Lewis and his Corps of Discovery, Fanny Crosby, the Queen of Gospel Song Writers and Woody Guthrie, Dustbowl Troubadour. Admission is free.

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. 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 Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, stationed at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring the jazz band, Harmony in Blue, admission is free.

Itoo Society’s Centennial Ballroom Dance “Lets Face the Music & Dance” will take place at the Itoo Hall Pavilion (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 10 pm featuring the Al & Diane Band. Music will include smooth ballroom tempos, Latin rhythms and high energy swing. Admission is $10 and there will be a cash bar. For more information, call 309-573-3822 or click HERE

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. First time dancers and families are welcome: no partner is needed. Music will be provided by the Geisel Power Family Band and there will be a teacher for all dances. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-868-7163.

First Lady or Not,” featuring Cassandra Bassett will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center, East Peoria campus beginning at 7 pm on Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students with ID and may be purchased at the door or by visiting www.genesistheater.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “La Guitarra” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring guitar soloist Jason Vieaux, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and are available by calling 309-444-3888, at Kidder Music in Peoria or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

A Ragtime Dinner Cruise will take place on Saturday the Spirit of Peoria from 7 – 9 pm featuring live music by ragtime pianists Sue Keller and David Cavalari. Tickets are $45 for adults or $22.50 for kids 4-12 and free for infants.
A 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. Tickets for both events are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Battery, the Metallica Tribute Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10, and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Too White Crew will perform on Saturday 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 Fine Art of Hospitality “Vintage Recipes from the Kitchen of Miss Jean Morron” will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from  1 – 4 pm. Tour the home and experience the elegance of life on Moss Avenue, its dramatic architecture and design, and the unique collection items of the home plus sample goodies from Miss Morron’s recipe box and book. Admission is $7 for adults & $3 for children ages 4-12. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Symphony will host “Symphony Sunday“, a free concert at Riverfront Park with grounds opening at 3:30 pm and the concert beginning at 5 pm. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy an evening of music. For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

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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

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The Illinois State Fair continues from 7 am – Midnight each day through Sunday. 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

The Peoria Historical Society will host Irish Rhythms on the River, a summer cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring entertainment by the Roundstone Buskers tonight (Thursday) with boarding at 5 pm, and departure at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and a cash bar and are available at Kelleher’s, Harp & Thistle, by calling 309-674-1921 or visiting www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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 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 David Hoffman and Friends, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour 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 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

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday  and Saturday in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

JC & the Redemption will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm with opening act 3 and a Half Men. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The 3rd Annual Peoria Public Radio in the Park fundraising variety concert for WCBU 89.9 will be held at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located in Glen Oak Park off Prospect in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring singers, instrumentalists, choral groups and community theatre cast members, admission is $10 at the gate. For more information, visit www.peoriapublicradio.org

The SummerFest Local Karaoke Competition Final Round will take place on Friday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Avenue in Pekin) beginning at 7 pm. Live entertainment will include JammSammich. Admission is $15. Food will be available. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Peoria & Pekin. For more information, visit www.bgcpeoria.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 Hike for Hunger to benefit the South Side Mission will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center beginning at 8:30 am with registration. Each hiker will receive a t-shirt and breakfast. A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the hike. Cost is $15 or $45 for a family and registration is available online at www.southsidemission.org

The Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club will host the 9th Annual Antique Tractor & Equipment Show at the Stark County Jr. Fairgrounds in Wyoming on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and from 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday. The Featured tractor is Farmall & IH. You’ll find antique tractors and steam engines on display plus tractor games and parades, kids activities, live entertainment and more. Camping will be available. For more information, call 309-253-4842 or 309-579-3293 or visit www.citractorclub.com

Peoria’s Budweiser Grand Nationals Event will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday featuring a motorcycle parade beginning at 10 am, antique & custom bike shows, vendors, stunt shows, live music, food and beer. Bands include Tesla, Saliva, Iron Cowgirl Missy, ZZ Tripp, the Brian Dennison Band, B’Driven and United Groove Theory. Advance Tickets are $20 available online, at all Co-Op Records outlets in Peoria & Pekin, Emack & Bolio’s in the Riverfront Visitors Center & Peoria Heights and participating motorcycle dealers. For more information and online tickets, visit www.jaytv.com/grand-nationals-weekend

A Wizard of Oz Festival will be held at Butler Haynes Park in Mapleton on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. Dress up the little tikes and walk the yellow brick road around the Oz children’s garden and meet costumed characters. Other activities include a puppet show, a barnyard petting zoo, hayrack rides and an afternoon Oz costume parade around the grounds. Food and merchandise will be available. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Wizardofozfest

The 23rd Annual Reptile & Amphibian Fair will take place at The Grand Hotel (located at 4400 N. Brandywine Drive in Peoria) on Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. A variety of snakes, turtles, lizards and amphibians will be displayed plus there will be educational exhibits, face-painting & a fund-raising raffle. Students participating in the Peoria Academy of Science Annual Treasure Hunt can attend free with their passport & one paying adult. Admission is $3. For more information, call 309-682-3938.

Super Saturday: Shark Attack will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at Noon where you will learn about megalodons, an extinct species of shark that lived 28 to 1.5 million years ago and reached a maximum length of 46-59 feet. You will also be able to view an assortment of shark teeth and jaws. No pre-registration is necessary: this event is included in admission. 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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Golfin’ in the Wild will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday with registration beginning at 3 pm and a shotgun start at 3:30 pm. Benefiting the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, the event will feature a unique golf course set up throughout the Wildlife “terrain” that all skill levels can enjoy. Dinner, a silent auction & entertainment will follow immediately after. Cost is $50 per person, $95 per twosome or $180 per foursome. All proceeds will fund local cancer research, education and patient support. For more information or to sign up, call 309-243-3437 or visit www.IllinoisCancer.com/GolfinInTheWild

Rhythm in the Rainforest will take place at Luthy Botanical Gardens on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Admission is $25 in advance available at the Garden office. Live entertainment will be provided by Preston Jackson & Friends along with food in the Rose Garden. A cash bar will be available (age 21 and over only). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/special-events-luthy

In conjunction with its 2014 Midwest Convention, the Islamic Circle of North America Open House will take place for the general public to explore and discuss topics related to Islam in Room 401 at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 11:30 am. The “Window to Peace” open house will cover topics including “What is Islam?”, “Women in Islam”, “Shariah Law” and “Jesus in the Quran”. Muslim imams will explain the basics of the faith of Islam and take questions from the audience. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call 847-858-6680.

Super Hero Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Kids are encouraged to dress up like their favorite super hero and enjoy special games, animal encounters and more. There is no additional fee for the event. Admission is $9 for ages 13 & up, $5.25 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Judy Page will perform as part of the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band. The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band begins at 6 pm followed by Judy Page and a group of local musicians playing both Jazz and R&B. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for the public and students are free. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.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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2 Tickets to A Year in the Life of Frog & Toad at Corn Stock Theatre, Dinner & the Show “Is There Life After 50?” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre, 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 Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce will host Corn Fest at the American Legion tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring hot dogs, baked beans, chips and all you can eat corn plus a home-made apple pie judging contest, there will also be live music, a live street auction, retail vendors, antique tractors and a city wide garage sale. For more information, visit www.chillicothechamber.com

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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Arts in the Park will feature The Pekin Park Concert 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 Peoria Chiefs will take on Great Lakes tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday 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

Sebastian Bach will perform at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (located at 600 N East St. in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $23 to $33 for adults, $21 to $31 for senior citizens and $18.60 to $26.60 for youth. For more information, or call 309-434-2777 or visit www.artsblooming.org

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Antony & Cleopatra beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm on Saturday, Much Ado About Nothing on Friday at 8 pm and on Elizabeth Rex 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

Lachlan Patterson 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 8 pm shows and $15 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 4th Annual BBQ Throwdown Cooking Contest will be held in Downtown Morton beginning at 8 am on Friday and at 7 am on Saturday. Featuring over 40 contestants, there will also be plenty of BBQ items available for purchase. There will also be a “Backyard” contest for amateur grillers to be judged along with the professional contestants. Live music will be provided by Midnight Special, Rewind, Mister Sister and Jammsammich plus there will be crafters, a kid`s play area and vendors. Take part in the “People`s Choice” tasting event where the public gets to judge the best pulled pork prepared by the contestants on Saturday at 11:30 am. Proceeds benefit the The Illinois CancerCare Foundation. For more information, visit www.mortonbbqthrowdown.net

Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria will host an Outdoor Sale at the East Peoria ReStore (located at 110 Carver Lane in East Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – 7 pm. Offering unique, vintage products, there will also be hot dogs, chips, beverages, and homemade cookies made by local Girl Scouts available for purchase. There is no admission fee. For more information, call 309-676-6729 ext. 2.

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

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 plus there will be live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

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

The Gentleman’s Cigar Society of Peoria will host the 2014 GCS Cigar Summit at Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 8 pm on Saturday. Cigar representatives will be available to sell cigars and answer questions. There will also be cigar rolling demonstrations and a dominoes tournament. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 309-339-2896.

The Multi Sport Extravaganza, a festival type event that showcases the many outdoor opportunities and clubs in Central Illinois, will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Friday beginning at 6 pm and also on Saturday and Sunday. Cost to participate is $35 per person with a cap of $105 for families. Sunday only admittance is $15 per person with a cap of $30 for families. Live Music on Saturday night will feature Jerry Vandiver. You can try kayaking, SUP, mountain biking, orienteering, running the obstacle course and more. For full details with activity schedules and to register online, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

Wyatt Earp: My Side Of The Story, will take place at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 S Main St. in Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-673-4343 or at the door. Featuring James Wilhelm, the host of WTVP’s award-winning series, Illinois Adventure, who will play Wyatt Earp as he discusses his life from birth in Monmouth, IL to the famous gun-fight at the OK Corral. including his arrests in Peoria in 1872.

Arc Light Productions (located within the Illini Bluffs High School Theatre, 212 N. Saylor St. in Glasford) will present Thoroughly Modern Millie beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. For more information, visit www.arclightpro.com

Native American Star Stories around the Campfire with Jo Lakota & Brian “Fox” Ellis will take place on Friday at The Twinflower Inn (located at 110 North Olson Street in Bishop Hill) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. Call 309-927-3506 for more information.

Whitney’s Walk for Life 2014 will take place on Saturday at Jubilee College State Park with the 5K Run beginning at 7:55 am and the 5K the Walk beginning at 8 am. Registration fees are $25 for adults for either the run or walk and $15 for kids aged 12 & under for either the run or walk. To register or for more information, visit www.whitneyswalk.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

Wildlife Prairie Park will celebrate the lives of early settlers in Illinois with the Kid’s Pioneer Day event on Saturday from 9 am – 6:30 pm. Activities include butter churning, corn grinding, learning how settlers plowed the prairie plus activities with animals that the settlers brought with them. Admission is free for park members or $8 for ages 13 & up, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $6 for ages 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Monster Truck Throwdown returns to the Marshall County Sand Trap (located at 1429 9th Street in Lacon) on Saturday & Sunday beginning at 10 am each day. Admission is $20 each day for adults and kids 10 & under receive free admission with each paid adult ticket. To order tickets and for more information, visit www.mcsandtrap.com

The 8th Annual Kids’ Day will take place at Levee District (located at 400 W. Washington St. in East Peoria) from 10 am – 3 pm. Admission is free and all activity fees benefit Crittenton Centers. Activities include a Superhero Cake Walk, bounce houses, fire truck & police car display, a firehouse game, a dunk tank, the Glitter Fairy, Unique Twist balloon artists, face painting and more. For more information, visit www.crittentoncenters.org or call 309-674-0105 for more information.

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

The Fiesta en el Rio will take place on Saturday on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 4 pm featuring authentic Latin American food and drink, a fun-filled kids’ area, local musicians and much more. Admission is $10 per person and $30 per family living in the same household. Proceeds from soda and water sales will go directly to the Peoria Friendship House. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

A Chicken Fry Fundraiserwill be held at the American Legion (located at 31473 American Legion Dr. in Deer Creek) from 5 – 8 pm. Admission is $10 at the door and includes all you can eat pan fried chicken, home-made mashed potatoes, corn plus water or iced tea. Other drinks will be available for purchase.

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Mr. Thomas Vogel, biology instructor for Western Illinois University, at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. Vogel will discuss the current scientific consensus of the likelihood of death by zombie and how you should confront the brain-munching, limb-dropping, walking dead. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

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

Peoria Players will host a Get Acquainted Meeting at the theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm where you can meet the directors of their 2014-2015 season, find out about auditions, cast requirements, crew opportunities, and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

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

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