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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Day of Enlightenment will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 10 am – 2 pm on Friday in conjunction with the Olde English Faire to provide educational opportunities for kids of all ages. See the Knights of Valour, the Sky Kings Falconry and afterwards, wander through the merchants selling olden-time products and goodies until 5 pm. Admission for children is $6 and adults are $9 with lunch available for $7. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/day-enlightenment
Then, the Olde English Faire will take place at the Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am- 5 pm each day. Featuring entertainment such as jousting performed by the “Knights of Vaour”, sword fighting and falconry there will also be vendors, food and more on hand. One day admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 3 to 12 and kids 2 and under are free. Two-day passes are $15 for ages 13 and up, $9 for ages 3-12 and free for children 2 and under. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/faire

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

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

Metamora Old Settlers Days
will take place in the Park on the Square in Metamora featuring carnival rides, craft & food tents, games and free nightly entertainment. Hours are 5:30 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), Noon – 10 pm on Friday and 7:30 am on Saturday. The 43rd Annual Lincoln Douglas Run begins at 7:30 am on Saturday and the Old Settler’s Day Parade begins at 10 am. For more information, call 309-367-4044.

The Marquette Heights Men’s Club will host a Freedom Fest & Fireworks Extravaganza at Independence Park (located at 615 LaSalle Blvd in Marquette Heights) from 6 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and beginning at 8 am on Saturday. Featuring a cruise-in, the Greater Peoria Honor Flight, a carnival, “Rumble in the Park” professional wrestling, live music, craft & vendor booths, food vendors, face painting and fireworks on Friday & Saturday nights, admission is free. For a full schedule of events, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/423753661110316

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located at 5201 W. War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. They will also will perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria).  Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

The Peoria Symphony will present “Romance” with Quartetto Gelato at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $28 to $71 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Brushville on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. On Saturday, they will host Sweetwater beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under.  Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robo Rumble 2015 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from Noon – 5 pm. Experience the exciting world of robotics as teams compete for the top ranking in this family-friendly annual event. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-7000 for more information or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/492

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

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

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

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

The 48th Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) from 11 am – 7 pm. Admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Carry outs will be available. Featuring beef Shish-Ka-Bob in pita bread, cabbage rolls and Lebanese salad, there will also be Lebanese bakery items and pastries. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Soda Pop Tour 2015 will be held on the Pekin Riverfront Park (located just east of the Illinois River at 121 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday showcasing over 80 unique and vintage craft sodas from 10 am – 8 pm. It’s a complete family festival bringing back Americana with a modern day twist where you can drink up the nostalgia and enjoy great family entertainment, food, games for the kids at an inflatable playground and the Coca-Cola mobile museum. Admission is free and soda samples will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.sodapoptour.us

Sculpture Walk Peoria is offering free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty Streets every Saturday through the summer. The inaugural walk took place last Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the artists on hand to answer questions about their work.  Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 50th Annual Tremont Turkey Festival will take place through Sunday in downtown Tremont. Hours are through 10 pm tonight (Thursday), 11 am – 10 pm on Friday, 6:30 am – 10 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. The event features the Miss Tremont Pageant, a pancake & sausage breakfast, a 5k race, a horseshoe tournament, an antique tractor pull, a craft show, a community church service, acar show and a parade on Sunday plus a carnival, live entertainment, food featuring (of course) turkey throughout the festival. For more information, visit www.turkeyfestival.com

The 7th Annual Pasta Party for St. Jude will take place tonight (Thursday) at Barracks Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) from 5 – 7 pm. There will be door prizes, a silent auction, live jazz and meals available for $5 per person for both dine-in or carryout. 100% of proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Things My Mother Taught Me opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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I’ve Decided, Because I Can will host “My First 5K” which will take place on the Peoria Riverfront at Running Central beginning at 6 pm. The event is for people who have always wanted to run a 5K race, but who didn’t think they could. Late registration is from 4 – 4:45 pm at Running Central and the event is followed by a free Riverfront Street Party on Water Street between Liberty and Harrison streets with live music by The West Macqueen Street Band, vendor booths plus food from Rhythm Kitchen. Cost for a food and beer ticket is $12. To register, visit www.ivedecided.org

The 49th Annual Claud-Elen Days will take place tonight (Thursday) through Saturday with carnival rides, games, a parade on Saturday food plus live entertainment in downtown Chillicothe. For more information, click HERE

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

Steve-O will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 for the Thursday show and $26 for the Friday & Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria in Glen Oak Park) will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony just before opening its doors on Friday to the public beginning at 9 am. The museum will be open daily from 9 am – 4 pm through August 15th. The museum offers a broad range of programs for families and children. Admission is $8 for ages 1-64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military personnel, kids under 1 and members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Cruises will also take place on Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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The 2015 Mohammed Shrine Circus will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) at 5 pm and 8 pm on Friday and at 11 am, 3 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday. General admission for adults is $18, kids are $14 and reserved seating is $23 per person. Tickets are available at the Expo Gardens box office or online at www.2015circus.com/venues/IL-Peoria-shrine-schedule.php  Profits from the event benefit the Mohammed fraternal operations. For more information, visit www.mohammedshriners.org

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

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

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

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

The 35th Annual Moss Avenue Sale & Festival will take place along 6 blocks of historic Moss Avenue (between Western and McArthur Blvd.) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Featuring antique and collectible dealers, hand made items, fine art dealers, food vendors and live music, admission is free. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 309-676-7900 or click HERE

The Peoria ZERO K Race will take place on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm beginning at the new trail bridge on Knoxville by Donovan Golf Course and ending at Junction City (located at the corner of Knoxville and Prospect). Featuring a series of themed heats with live music, food, and refreshments for all ages during and after the event, the race is aimed at families, non-runners and others that just want to have fun. Registration is $10 and includes race participation, a t-shirt and a chance to win a prize. The event benefits Peoria Promise. For more information and to register, click HERE

Sommerfest will take place from Noon to 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap). This two day event celebrates the beginning of summer German style with German food, a bags tournament, soccer, a German car & bike cruise-in and live entertainment. Admission is free, however, donations will be accepted. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The 2nd Annual River City Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday on the CEFCU Center Stage featuring six of Illinois’ best jazz groups playing all day beginning at Noon. Live entertainment features Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra at Noon, Laughing Horse Quartet at 1:30 pm, Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project at 3 pm, David Hoffman and Friends at 4:30 pm, Preston Jackson & Friends at 6 pm and JC and The Redemption at 8 pm. Admission is $5 from Noon – 4 pm and $8 after 4 pm. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Super Saturday: Butterflies will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm. Our state butterfly, the Monarch, is quickly disappearing from our world. Learn about the butterfly life-cycle, observe live monarchs (they might be caterpillars, in their chrysalis, or grown butterflies) and discover what you can do to help the Monarch’s population start to grow again. The event is free to members and with regular paid admission, which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

The Caribbean-themed Dinner Cruise “Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul” will take place on the Spirit of Peoria featuring cheeseburgers grilled on the dock on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and the cruise beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $40 for adults. For more information or to make a reservation, call 309-637-800 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Heritage Ensemble will present Juneteenth: An American Celebration on Saturday beginning 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center East Peoria Campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

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

A One Year Anniversary Celebration will take place at Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp (located at 2000 W. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 16 in Peoria) on Saturday from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. The community is invited to join stroke survivors, care-givers and Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp staff at this open house. Attendees will be able to participate in activities are that part of stroke camp as well as lunch. The Stroke Survivors Chimes Choir will entertain at 1:30 pm. For more information, call call 866-688-5450 or visit www.strokecamp.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will be held in downtown Elmwood on Saturday featuring strawberry treats (such as strawberry pizza, strawberry shortcake, strawberry shake ups, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry soda pop & strawberry jam), musical entertainment, children’s activities and crafts. There will be a car show with registration from 8 am – Noon, a pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 am – 10 am, craft booths from 8 am – 6 pm, the River Valley Antique Association, kids corner, K & D kids pony rides, balloons by Unique Twist, a hula hoop contest, games, Pat’s Trains plus a food tent from 10 am – 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.elmwoodil.org/SrawberryFest/StrawberryFest.html

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

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

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

The Central Illinois Military Fest featuring WWII & the Vietnam Conflict will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Relive the desperate days of Normandy, 1944, a World War II reenactment where allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons, tanks and vehicles. Public battles each day will feature clashes between the opposing sides in the war that decided the fate of the world. New in 2015 is a Vietnam display, battle & tribute to these service personnel. There will be transportation available around the camps for those who need assistance. Public Battles will be held at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm on Saturday and at 11 am & 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids aged 11-17. For more information call 309-691-8423 or visit www.centralilww2.com

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

Canton Main Street’s Art on Main Fine Arts Festival will take place at Jones Park (located at 45 East Side Square in Canton) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring original art from Midwestern artists, you can view and purchase paintings, drawings, jewelry, clay/ceramics, photography, glass, sculpture, textiles and woods plus enjoy live music and youth art activities.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-647-2677 or visit www.cantonillinois.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival will take place behind John Bearce Companies on Business on US RT 24 in Washington beginning at 5 pm on Thursday, at 9 am on Friday &  Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. There will be a kids talent show, a baby photo contest, a dog variety show, a co-ed softball tournament and a Kids Fun Run plus a 5K and a 1 Mile Run/Walk. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D will open on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater with shows every hour from 11 am – 4 pm. Featuring a display of period vehicles and artifacts, the Central Illinois World War II Reenactors will be on hand along with veterans to give personal comments about the movie and the battle. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, “D-Day: Normandy 1944″ brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time ever. Tickets are $5 for veterans & active duty forces and their families, $5 for members, $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (ages 60+) and $5 for children (ages 3-17). For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 41st Annual World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival will take place this weekend around the Peoria area with ragtime and honky-tonk piano players from around the world competing for more than $4,000 in cash prizes. Starting with dinner at Sky Harbor Steakhouse tonight (Thursday) and continuing with a Spirit of Peoria cruise on Friday, the contests and competitions will take place at the Embassy Suites East Peoria throughout the weekend. For more information, call 217-356-3012 or visit www.oldtimepianocontest.org

The 2015 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N State Route 29 in Chillicothe) beginning Thursday with a pre-party and running through Sunday evening. With more than 15,000 attendees, the event features more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days. The festival also features a kid’s camp, an extensive representation of non-profit organizations, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans, a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit www.summercampfestival.com

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

A Night with Josh Turner, the Heartland Hero Benefit Concert, will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 6:45 pm. The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter will hold its Annual Heartland Heroes event as part of this concert experience. Floor table and ticket sponsorship packages are available by calling 309-677-7272. Tickets are $33 and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Morton Civic Chorus presents its “Encore 2015” concert series benefiting CIMKF (Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund) at the Hartmann Center Theatre on Bradley University campus tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 and are available from any chorus member, at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N.Crestline Dr. in Peoria), at Morton Community Bank (located at 218 N. Main in Morton), by phone at 309-677-4966, at the door and online at www.mortoncivicchorus.org

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

The Spirit of Peoria will host the PianoStravaganza Cruise on Friday with boarding at 10:30 am and cruises from 11 am – 1 pm. The cruise features Johnny Maddox on the piano in addition to a hot lunch lunch buffet. Tickets are $35 for adults and $17.50 for children aged 4 – 12 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

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

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

The Louie Louie Festival hosted by the Illinois Valley Striders will take place on the Peoria RiverFront on Friday featuring a kazoo parade and live music beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Ed & Judy Howard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

New Odyssey, showcasing “3 Guys” playing 30 different musical instruments, will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 general public, $10 students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The RiverFront Market opens this week on the Peoria riverfront and will take place 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 Murph Challenge will take place on Saturday locally at CrossFit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights) with heats at 8 am & 9 am. Join people across the US in honoring fallen service members this Memorial Day by participating in the event named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2005. The work-out consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and another 1-mile run. There is no fee to participate, however registration is available along with donations for the LT. Mike Murphy Scholarship Foundation at www.themurphchallenge.com  For more information, call 309-682-9348.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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Laser Light Night featuring the music of the Beatles & Led Zeppelin will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 6 pm (Beatles) and 7 pm (Zeppelin). Tickets are free for members, $5 for one show or $8 both shows available at the front desk or by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 1st Annual Memorial Day Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk will be held on Monday at lower Glen Oak Park beginning at 7:30 am taking runners through Springdale Cemetery. The entry fee is $30 prior to race weekend and $35 on race weekend with a $5 discount for Veterans. Awards will be given at “Picnic Party” after run. Proceeds will be used for Central Illinois Home Repair Projects for Veterans. For more information, or by call 309-363-3737 or to register online, visit https://register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=11868

A Memorial Day Remembrance Service will be held on Monday in Marshall Plaza (under the Gateway Building located at the foot of Main Street in Peoria) beginning at 10:30 am paying tribute to all of the men and women who have fought for America’s freedom. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Peoria County Veterans’ War Memorial Committee will hold a Memorial Day Observanceat the World Wars I & II Veterans Memorial at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Monday beginning at 1pm. People who have purchased a brick throughout the year to honor a Peoria County veteran are invited to attend and the public is welcome.

The Annual South-West Kiwanis Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday at the Vietnam War Memorial located near the Prospect Road entrance to Glen Oak Park beginning at 1 pm. Richwoods High School Marine ROTC will parade and retire colors, there will be a 21 gun salute and keynote speaker will be Vietnam War Veteran David Reed Clark.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Super Saturday: Van de Graaff! will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Learn why static electricity can shock you, see electrons shoot through the air and even make your hair stand on end with a Van de Graaff generator. The event is free to members and with regular paid admission, which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Scott Settelmyer, co-founder of TerraCarbon LLC who will explain how his Peoria-based company is helping to combat climate change on a global level in “Climate Change, Forests, and Markets” at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information., visit www.TheGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

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

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

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

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to Brigadoon at Corn Stock Theatre, 2 Daily Passes to the Aquaplex, 4 Tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus “Built to Amaze!

 

The 30th Annual Komen Peoria Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 am at the Metro Centre (located at 4700 N University in Peoria). Registration is still available at the Komen Memorial Office in the Metro Centre today (Thursday) and Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and online at www.komenmemorial.org
Watch our ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report about the Race for the Cure at https://youtu.be/Dhy1V7VqiCU 

Enjoy a Girl’s Night Out tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Road in Edwards) with wine tasting, food, music, mini manicures, massages, shopping, raffles and more. Tickets includes hors d’oeuvres and 5 wine tastings with a souvenir glass and are $25 at the door. The event is sponsored by the Peoria Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

Zootini will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring a variety of martinis served by local celebrity bartenders in the Africa! exhibit, you can try signature martinis tastings, appetizers, event-themed desserts and live entertainment. Cost is $55 and you must be over 21 to attend. Registration is required and available online at www.peoriazoo.org  For more information, call 309-681-3500.

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 7. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The 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

Damn Yankees continues at Peoria Players Theatre tonight, (Thursday) Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
Watch last week’s ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report about Damn Yankees HERE

Lewis Black: The Rant is Due Part Deux will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $38, $48, and $58 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Whisper & Shout, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Commercial St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) eginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Stephanie Aaron on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will present its Spring Concert on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

Slipknot will perform it’s “Prepare for Hell” Tour with special guest Hatebreed on Friday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $59.50 and $49.50 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

The 23rd Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place on Saturday:  just set out any non-perishable canned and/or boxed foods well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. No special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet. All food stays in the local community.

The Annual “Ride the Refuge” Day will take place at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge (located at 19031 E County Road 1200th North in Havana) on Saturday beginning at 7am with a bird/nature hike and a bike ride beginning at 1 pm. Conducted in conjunction with International Migratory Bird Day, the auto tour route will be open from 9 am – 3 pm. Hands on activities will be provided at the headquarters building where you can make a bee box to help our pollinating friends as well as learn how bat boxes can help endangered species. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Emiquon Audubon Society, you can find more information by visiting www.fws.gov/refuge/Chautauqua

Peoria Players Theatre will host a Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm in the lawn behind the theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Artist and Comic Expo will be held from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday at the at the Noble Center (located at 1125 W Lake Ave in Peoria). General admission is $10, kids aged 12 & under are $5 or get a 2-Day pass for $15. On Sunday, get one free kid’s admission with each paid adult admission. Register and find more information at www.PeoriaParks.org

Pampered on the Prairie will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm featuring face painting and balloon creations for the kids, a fashion show, a wine tasting with appetizers, live music, manicures and pampering vendors. The first 200 women will receive a free gift. Admission is free.

Dodge Brawl, a national, co-ed, double-elimination dodge ball tournament, will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall with doors opening at 10:30 am. Teams of six will compete against each other for the chance to win a donation for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Registration cost is $106 per team of 6 and the event is free for spectators. Teams can sign up at www.ticketmaster.com, the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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

Alan Jackson will bring his 25th Anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $59.50 and $25 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

David Nail will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday starting at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 7″, Mahler’s masterpiece on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $28 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the Symphony Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday featuring a variety of meats, salads, vegetables, potatoes plus a dessert table including a chocolate dipping fountain with seatings from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Cost is $22.95 for adults and $9.98 for kids aged 4 – 12. Call 309-692-3990 for reservations.

Enjoy Mother’s Day at the Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm where all Moms will get in for the price of a child’s admission. Regular admission for adults is $9, children 3 – 12 are $6, senior citizens are $8 and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Mother’s Day Orchid Show will take place from 12 – 4 pm at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). See the Conservatory’s orchid collection, featuring exotic new acquisitions in cooperation with the Peoria Orchid Society, there will be experts on hand with advice for care and maintenance. Admission is free for mothers and grandmothers and $2.50 for adults ages 13 and up and free for kids 12 and under and Garden Members.
Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea in a spring garden setting at the Garden from 2 – 4 pm. Including cocktail sandwiches, desserts and various teas. Reservations are required. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 or free for children ages 5 & under. Call 309-681-3506 for reservations For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

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

A Riverlife Gospel Dinner Cruise will board the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday beginning at 5 pm and cruise from 6 – 8 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults, $22.50 for kids aged 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under. For more information and to make reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Register HERE to Win a Mother’s Day Gift worth over $200, 2 Daily Passes to the Aquaplex or 4 Tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus “Built to Amaze!

Damn Yankees opens at Peoria Players Theatre tomorrow night (Friday) at 7:30 pm and runs Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The 4th Annual Health and Wellness Fair will take place tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm at Midstate College. Featuring free blood pressure and glucose checks, massages, yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations plus other activities, admission is free For more information, call 309-692-4092, ext. 1150.

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

Morton High School will present their spring musical “Happy Days” at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center at the high school. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will be sold at the door. This high energy musical is based on the popular TV series with the same name.

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

Jeremy Essig 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 all shows except for the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $14. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place 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

The 2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference Softball Championship will be held Friday through Sunday at the EastSide Centrer (located at 1 Eastside Drive in East Peoria). Eight teams will vie for the 2015 GLVC crown and the opportunity to represent the conference at the NCAA Division II National Championship. An All-Tournament Pass is $20 or tickets for Friday are $10 for adults, $7 for students/youth (K-12) and ages 5 and under are free. Tickets for Saturday are $7 for adults, $5 for students/youth (K-12)and ages 5 and under are free and on Sunday prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students/youth (K-12) and ages 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by cash or check only. No credit cards accepted. For more information, visit www.glvcsports.com

The 44th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held on Friday at the Memorial Arena at Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court St. in Pekin) beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for Therapists and many other local charities. For more information, visit www.PekinAMBUCs.org

Passage to India will take place on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center with authentic Indian cuisine, culture and entertainment beginning with cocktails at 5:30 pm. A fundraiser for Easter Seals, tickets are $150 and are available by calling 309-686-7755, x2287 or visiting www.kidstherapyprogress.com/Events/PassageToIndia

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

The Itoo Society will host “The Lebanese/Redneck Wedding“, an original interactive, improv comedy, will be presented at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 N Farmington Road in Peoria) beginning at 5:45 pm on Friday & Saturday. In the style of “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding”, the show recreates a wedding including the ceremony, a reception dinner and dancing featuring a Lebanese and American buffet. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call 309-676-9725.

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

Robert Rich will perform at the Dome Planetarium within the Peoria Riverfront Museum with his Filaments Tour 2015 beginning at 8 pm. World renowned ambient musician and composer Robert Rich and his other-worldly acoustics will be accompanied by an immersive visual show projected overhead on the dome. Local musician the Suit & Tie Guy will be perform a live electronic opening act in the lobby beginning at 7 pm. Seating is limited: tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and are available the museum, by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria from 9 am – 6 pm Monday – Saturday. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features variety of mediums. Named for Percival Rennick, the first President of the Peoria Historical Society, the show is chaired by local artist and Peoria Historical Society member, Marjorie Schwebel. A public reception for the exhibit will open to the public on May 16 from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 4th Annual Shoot for the Cure to benefit the Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Skeet and Trap Club (located at 1470 Spring Bay Rd. in East Peoria) beginning at 9:30 am. The $30 fee includes two rounds for trap shooting, two boxes of shotgun shells and a t-shirt. For more information, call 309-645-2597 or visit www.peoriaskeetandtrap.com

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

Outlander: The Gathering will take place at the Peoria Public Library Main Library in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Perfect for fans of the Diana Gabaldon book series Outlander or the Starz program, the event will take you back in time to explore the Scotland of Outlander. Featuring Clan Donald’s pipers, dancers, drummers and singers, an Outlander kitchen, the Myths of Scotland with Bard Wendy Blanton, the Jacobite Rebellion with Dave Halt plus a weapons display and more, admission is free. For more information call 309-497-2702 or 309-497-2141.

The Bradley University Department of Interactive Media presents the 2nd Annual Interactive Media Experience, Fuse: Play – Watch – Interact, a one-day interactive art exhibition of creative work and hands-on exhibits at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. The show features video showcases, senior presentations, creative exhibitions, green screen experiences and catapult projects. Access to most event areas, including Giant Screen Theater, Lobby and Lakeview Auditorium is free: museum admission applies for entry into FUSE ‘green room’ exhibit and all other Museum exhibits, which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, go to http://imbradley.com

Princess and Pirates will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday & Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Youngsters are invited to explore the Zoo dressed in their favorite princess or pirate outfits where they can meet parrots and “dragons” up close, encounter a magic mirror, dig for treasure, “walk the plank” and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 & up, $6 for ages 2 – 12, free for kids 1 & under and $8 for senior citizens aged 65+. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Prairie Animal Hospital (located at 722 N. Grand Prairie Drive in Peoira) will celebrate its 1st anniversary with a free Pet Wellness Fair on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. There will be a pet costume contest along with $25 heartworm tests, pet dental presentation, a flea and tick clinic plus other activities. For more information, visit www.peoriapetvet.com

Detox Retox will take place at The Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N. Hale Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 1:30 pm. Including 50 minutes of detoxifying yoga with Kristin Corinne Schleich followed by 40+ minutes of craft beer tasting of locally brewed beers, participants must be 21. Please bring your own mat and towel. Cost is $20 per person and includes a yoga class and beer flight. Registration is required and is available at www.kristincorinneyoga.com/detox-retox

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

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will perform “A Few of Our Favorite Things” on Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Performing Arts Center at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. Directed by Dr. Joseph Henry, the concert will feature child-friendly Disney Movie selections from Frozen, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, 101 Dalmations, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Pocahontas, and Toy Story plus the PACC Youth Chorus and a special men’s invitational choir. Tickets are $20 adults, $8 students, $18 groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information call 309-693-6725 or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

The Sammy Hagar tribute band Red will perform on Saturday at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Starting at 6:30 pm Limelight will be hosting a guitar competition on the Sound Bar Stage. The top two will face off later in the evening on Limelight’s Main Stage. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Neon Equinox will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 11:30 pm. Open to ages 14 to 20, the dance party will feature a laser light system, true concert sound quality, neon glow sticks, beach balls and glow paint, a photo lounge, a rap battle between Brandon Rice and Lucky 7, a smoke machine blast and dance offs. Admission is $10 with a Facebook or Twitter RSVP by Thursday or $15 at the door. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/629421987201769/

Maifest will take place on Sunday at the Lindenhof from Noon – 6 pm featuring live entertainment including Al’s Pals Band and Combo, the Lindenhof Echos (Alpine Horns), Gemischterchor (Choir) and Peoria Volkstänzer plus a May Pole ribbon dance and other German folk dances plus crafts for kids. Admission is free. German foods including Bavarian pretzels and German wine & beer will be available for purchase – they accept only cash & checks. The event is sponsored by the Music and Culture Committee of the German American Society of Peoria. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The African American Hall of Fame Museum will unveil Preston Jackson’s larger-than-life “Richard Pryor – More than Just a Comedian” sculpture at the intersection of Washington and State streets in Peoria on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. For more information, call 309-370-0702.