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The RiverFront Market will take place 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) where you’ll find Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers, local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles, live music, arts and crafts vendors plus face painting and balloons for the kids. For more details, visit  http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The 2016 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N State Route 29 in Chillicothe) beginning tonight (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, many non-profit organizations, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans plus a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit http://summercampfestival.com

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

Encore 2016 featuring the Morton Civic Chorus continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Hartmann Center Theater on the Bradley University Campus. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or by calling 309-677-4966. All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund (CIMKF), supporting kidney dialysis patients in the tri-county area. For more information, visit www.mortoncivicchorus.org

The Louie Louie Parade & River Jam hosted by the Illinois Valley Striders will take place on the Peoria RiverFront on Friday featuring a kazoo parade and live music by 3 and a Half Men, Jamm Sammich and Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard with the parade kicking off at 4:15 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 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.

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

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

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday featuring Beatles at 6 pm and U2 at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Jana Kramer with Brushville will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $20 for Party Pit seating and $40 for VIP Loft seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Central Illinois All Star Comedy will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.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

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 active military and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D will be shown at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater on Saturday with shows every hour at 11 am, 1:30 pm & 4 pm. Featuring the Central Illinois World War II Re-enactors with period vehicles and artifacts, veterans will be on hand to give personal comments about the movie, tickets are $5 for veterans & active duty forces and their families, $5 for members, $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens (ages 60+) and $5.50 for children ages 3-17. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host their Annual International Music, Wine and Craft Beer Festival from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday & from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring 50 wines and 50 craft beers for tasting and purchase from around the world, you can also sample artisan cheese along with other food. Live music includes Stevil Dan Band from 11 am – 3 pm, Greg Williams from 3 – 6:30 pm and 7 WEST from 7-11 pm on Saturday and Sally Weisenberg Duo from 12 – 3 pm and ALEX and the XO’s from 3 – 6 pm on Sunday. Admission for those aged 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. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Art-spiration: Cherry Blossoms will take place on Saturday in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. A free family-friendly art workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination, admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

WWE Live will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18, $28, $38, $58, $78 and $108 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

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

James Taylor will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $68 and $88 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

The 2nd Annual Memorial Day Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk will be held on Monday at lower Glen Oak Park beginning at 8 am taking runners through Springdale Cemetery. The entry fee is $30 for adults and $15 for kids for the 5k Run/Walk, $20 for adults and $15 for kids for the 1 Mile Walk. All proceeds from the run will be used to make home repairs for veterans in the Tri-County area. For more information, or by call 309-363-3737 or to register online, visit http://www.ivfullercenter.org

A Memorial Day Remembrance Service will be held in Marshall Plaza (under the Gateway Building located at the foot of Main Street in Peoria) on Monday beginning at 10:30 am featuring the Peoria Municipal Band 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

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The 2016 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will continue Friday with it’s final performances on Monday at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm each day. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools and students in Pre-K -12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 120,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. For complete information and updated schedules, visit www.springcelebration.org

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois will host the 2016 ArtPop Celebration at the Waterhouse (located in the Maxam Building in downtown Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The 2016 People’s Choice Award winner will be announced during the program and will feature a DJ, light hors d’oeuvres and speaker Wendy Hickey, founder of the national ArtPop program. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2787 or visit www.ArtsPartners.net

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

First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University in Peoria) will hold a Garage Sale from 8 am – 4 pm on Friday and from 8 am – Noon on Saturday. Proceeds will go to Pulse of Peoria Drumline and other church missions.

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

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

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

The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe will present Seascape with Sharks and Dancer in The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located with the Maxam Building at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 per person when ordered in advance HERE or $10 at the door. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

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

Buckcherry will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) with Black Stone Cherry, Biters and The Cherry Bombs Dancers on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $30 for the Party Pit and $55 for VIP Loft seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Dylan Scott will perform at the Peoria RiverFront CEFCU Stage on Friday from 8 – 11 pm. Featuring special guest the Devin Clemons Band, tickets are $7 in advance and are available online at www.limelighteventplex.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

The Fiber Arts May Event will take place at the Chillicothe Public Library (located at 430 N Bradley in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 9 to 4 pm. Bring your spinning, knitting, crochet, beading, rug hooking, weaving or any other fiber art project. Bring your own food or a covered dish to share. Admission is $5 and coffee and tea will be provided.  Sponsored by Bishop Hill Fiber Guild, for more information, visit www.bishophillfiberguild.org

The 2nd Annual George Jacob Gut Buster 5k & Run Walk Crawl will begin at UFS (located at 1800 SW Adams St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Participants will eat and drink their way through the Warehouse District and downtown Peoria and are encouraged to dress in their most outlandish costumes. The fee to run is $45 through May 20 and includes two beers at the after party. All proceeds benefit Neighborhood House Association. For more information and to register, visit www.gutbusterpeoria.com

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

The Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League (located at 317 S. MacArthur Hwy. in Peoria) will sponsor Healthy Awareness Day on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am. Guests will experience Simulation Workshops on Obesity, Diabetes and STI’s. Guests will be encouraged to interact in the different modules demonstrating the affects and warning symptoms that the cause of these diseases. These workshops will prove to be fun and exciting. A presentation on Lupus and living with Lupus will take place beginning at 1 pm featuring Dr. Soderstrom and a discussion panel. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-674-74 or visit www.tcpul.com/health.html

Foster Pet Outreach (located at located at 10206 W. DuBois Road in Edwards) will host an Open House at their new facility on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 am. Tour the new building, sample hors d’oeuvres, meet the Board of Directors, enter to win door prizes and interact with the animals. For more information, visit www.fosterpetoutreach.org

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Rock Your Rocket from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday where you can learn how many ways are there to power a rocket. Design and build a rocket and find a way to make it fly. Admission is $5 for members or $10 for non-member. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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

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

Full Moon Paddle and Campfire Dinner will be held at Camp Wokanda (located 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Canoes, paddles, personal floatation devices and campfire dinner are provided for the fee of $15 per person or $50 per family maximum. Spaces are limited and registration is required and may be made by calling 309-579-2157.  For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Kiss Live, Central Illinois Premier Kiss Tribute Band, Rocks the Asylum will kick off the summer movie season at The Haunted Infirmary (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm with the “Haunt Hall” open from 8 – 11 and the movie beginning at 9 pm. The band will perform 4-5 songs and will also be filming a music video.  The performance and movie admission is a $6 donation to Limestone JFL, available online or at the gate. Haunt Hallway admission is $5 for 2 people and is separate, paid on-site. For more information, visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

Jeremy David Baker will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) with Tabi And The Cats, The Golden Fleece, The Dirty Gentlemen on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 for general admission and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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

Intimate Magical Moments with Mitch Williams will take place at New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring dinner and show, you’ll experience an interactive, customized private performance, tickets are $50. Seating will be limited to 12 people and reservations may be made by calling 309-439-9099. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/mitch.williams.magic

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Peace for Peoria will host a Q & A at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Monday from 7 – 8:30 pm featuring a panel of local civic, business and religious leaders who will answer questions from attendees about Islam and Muslims in an effort to promote peace and understanding through education. A community event to bring together Jews, Christians and community leaders in solidarity to fight hate and celebrate the rich diversity of Peoria’s Muslim residents, Peace for Peoria is accepting questions ahead of the event to determine which questions are asked most to ensure those are addressed. To submit your question, email questions@peaceforpeoria.com  For more information about the event and the group, visit http://peaceforpeoria.com

I Love the 90’s featuring Salt N Pepa, All 4 One, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc and Young MC will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25, $40, $50, $60 and are available at the US Cellular Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at www.Ticketmaster.com

Zootini will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Zoo beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring a variety of martinis (shaken, not stirred) 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 at the door or $75 for VIP which includes an extra martini and an exclusive animal experience. For ages 21 and over, registration is required and is available online at www.peoriazoo.org  For more information, call 309-681-3500.

The Greater Peoria Family YMCA and Methodist College will host the movie Poverty, Inc. at Methodist College (located at 415 NE Saint Mark Ct. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. With 40 international film festival honors, the movie has been called “A powerful and uncompromising film that strikes at the core of the traditional understanding of development and international assistance.”   Admission is free, however, reservations are requested and may be made at https://www.facebook.com/events/228138140877937  For more information including a movie trailer, visit http://peoriaymca.org/news/povertyinc-movie

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

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

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Hurricane Ruth Duo 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

Passage to India will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. The Bollywood-themed event will feature a fashion show, a red carpet experience, authentic Indian cuisine, presentations of the Banyan tree award and a video tribute commemorating the 10th anniversary of the event which benefits Easter Seals. For more information, visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com/events/passagetoindia

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

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

Requiems & Anthems: the Music of John Rutter will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. The Westminster Church Choir along with instrumentalists from the Peoria Symphony & Heartland Festival Orchestra will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

In-Residence at ICC will present the Prairie Wind Ensemble in the Performing Arts Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

The Beach Boys will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $49, $59, $85 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Jackyl will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $45 for VIP Loft seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The 24th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place all day Saturday. Simply set out any non-perishable canned and/or boxed food 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.

A Peoria State Hospital Cemetery Walk will take place on Saturday beginning at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 South Airport Road in Bartonville) beginning at 9:30 am. Author Gary Lisman will give a brief overview of the state hospital cemeteries followed by a drive to the state hospital grounds for a guided tour while you drive your own vehicle. Wear practical footwear due to cemeteries that are located on slopes and can be slippery. Admission is free but is limited to only 30 people. To register, call 309-697-3822 ext. 13

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will take place at the Glen Oak Lagoon (located within Glen Oak Park off of Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Toss in a line and see if you can reel in one of the specially tagged fish to win a prize. Schedule: ages 9 years and under from 9 – 11 am, 10 – 12 years old from 11 – 1 pm and for ages 50+ and those with disabilities from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is free. Fishing equipment will be available at no charge. For more information, call 309- 688-3667 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mardi Gras in May will take place on Water Street in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 10 am with the Mardi Gras 5K Race. The Street Party will run from 4 – 10 pm where Water Street will be transformed into the New Orleans French Quarter featuring street performers, live music, hurricanes and the Brewers beer trailer, food, entertainment, tarot card readers, caricature artists, artist vendors, demonstrations and lessons plus local restaurants offering authentic Cajun dishes and drinks. Admission is free and parking is available for free at the Peoria Civic Center where a free shuttle will be available to bring you down to the riverfront. For more information, visit www.mardigraspeoria.com

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

Princess and Pirates Weekend will take place Saturday & Sunday at the Peoria Zoo from 11 am – 2 pm. Attendees are encouraged to wear a royal outfit or their buccaneer best as they explore the world of princesses and pirates. Meet parrots and “dragons” up close, encounter a magic mirror, dig for treasure, “walk the plank” and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $6 for ages 2 – 12, $8 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

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

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

Whiskeys/Whiskies of the World: Tutorial & Tasting, part of the Speakeasy Saturdays series, will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Join Hugh Higgins, Whiskey Aficionado and owner of Hearth Restaurant, for a tutorial on whiskeys with whiskey tasting. Samples will include one bourbon, one rye, one Irish whiskey, and two Scotch whiskies. The event will end with a 30/30 J.K. Williams bourbon barrel coffee.  Admission is $30 for members or $33 public and includes exhibition admission plus a complimentary 5-oz souvenir glass. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The ICC Guest Artist Series will present The Lost Concert, a Beatles / Monkees Tribute, at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

Who’s Bad, a Michael Jackson Tribute Band, will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP Loft seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Grand Tour of Homes on the West Bluff will take place on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Featuring five West Bluff homes as well as the Studios & Shops at Main & University, this is the 33rd year of the tour. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour at any of the homes. Funds raised by the tour are used to beautify the West Bluff. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1614627762195543

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

The Lou Holtz Public Charity Signing will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm benefitting the Walter F. Jacob Foundation. Tickets range from $8 – $199 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

World Renowned Organist Diane Bish will perform in Concert at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free, however, tickets are required and may be ordered by calling 309-673-3641. For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Legendary London at Grace Presbyterian Church (located on Route 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Nicholas Stovall on oboe, tickets are $28 – $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Peoria Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Performance will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday  beginning at 2 pm. Featuring works by past and current artistic directors and teachers, performed by current students plus several dancers from the past 20 years. Tickets are $20 and $35 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting TicketMaster.com
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Hands on a Hardbody continues at Eastlight Theatre (located in the Auditorium at East Peoria High School)  tonight (Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm. The regional premiere, this show received 3 Tony Award nominations in 2013. It’s the story of 10 hard-luck Texans who feel that a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name. Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com

A Kid’s Consignment Clothing Sale will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) from 9 am – 7 pm today (Thursday) & Friday and 9 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Featuring gently-used children’s clothing sizes newborn to 20 and juniors, toys, baby equipment, maternity clothes and more, admission is free. For more information, visit www.kccsale.com

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

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Our Country’s Good at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A modern classic by American playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, the celebrated 1988 play depicts the true story of a 1788 stage production presented by transported convicts in the British penal colony of New South Wales, Australia, tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $7 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

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

Brats for the Cure will be held at Schnucks (located at 4800 N University St. in Peoria) featuring the Johnsonville Brats Truck from 11 am – 6 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11 am – 3 pm on Sunday. A single brat meal (with chips and a drink) is $4.50, a double meal is $6.50 and a single brat is $3. All proceed benefit the Race for the Cure. For more information, visit www.komenmemorial.org

A Mother’s Day Craft Show will be held at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm and on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Proceeds will support HOIDSA (Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association). Featuring local crafters and vendors, admission is free.

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

Scotty McCreery & RaeLynn will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $15 and $28 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting Ticketmaster.com

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

Astronomy in the Age of Moonshine featuring the American Spirits Exhibit featuring a special Dome planetarium show and cocktails will be held on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $30 for members and $33 for the public which includes 2 drinks, advanced registration required. Attendees must be 21 and older and a cash bar will also be available. Dress up is encouraged. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Purple Rain will run at the Giant Screen Theater at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday at 7 pm (which is sold out) and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors aged 60+, $5.50 for kids aged 3 – 17 and $5 for members of all age. Tickets are available online at http://peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Zoo After Dark will be held at the Peoria Zoo (located in Glen Oak Park) on Friday from 7 to 9 pm. Registration is required and tickets are $24 per person. To reserve tickets or for more information call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The ICC Music Program will present the ICC Chamber Singers in Lecture/Recital Hall Room 127F on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ArtsatICC.com

A MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run will take place at Veterans Park in Havana on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Boys and Girls will be divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PitchHitRun.com
A Junior Home Run Derby will take place also at Veterans Park in Havana on Saturday beginning at 11 am. A chance for talented youngsters to showcase their hitting abilities with the opportunity of competing at a National Finals during MLB All-Star Week, boys and girls will be divided into two age divisions: 12U and 14U plus have the chance to advance through three levels of competition. For more information, visit www.jrhrd.com

Healthy Kids Day will be held at the Greater Peoria Family YMCA (located 7000 North Fleming Lane) on Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm. Admission is free and activities include nature hikes, painting, food tasting, 3-on-3 basketball and soccer, relay races, kickball, archery and more. For more information call 309-692-7631 or visit www.peoriaymca.org

FUSE – Interactive Media Day will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 10 – 5 pm. Bradley University’s Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts Department of Interactive Media will present FUSE:  the 3rd Annual Interactive Media Experience which includes a full day exhibition of interactive student and faculty work aimed for users of all ages. Featuring game design, animation and user interaction and user experience, FUSE is a hands-on interactive show that’s a fusion of art and technology and a bridge between media and the community. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Celebrate 20 will be held at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Preston Jackson & Friends will provide music throughout the night featuring Judy Page. Tickets are $50 for members and $65 for non-members. For tickets or more information call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers in the President’s Cup Finals at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:15 on Saturday & at 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 for premium and glass seating, End Zone and Pilot House seats are $13 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.TicketMaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net

The Owens Center (located at 1019 West Lake Ave. in Peoria) Spring Ice Show will be presented on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, $6 for ages 4-12, $6 for senior citizens aged 65 and older and free for ages 3 and under and are available at Owens Center. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bradley Braves Baseball will take on the Dallas Baptist Patriots at Dozer Park on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for kids through high school, free for Bradley students, faculty and staff or family passes including 2 adults and up to 4 children for $14 and are available one hour prior to the game at the box office. For more information, call 309-677-2625 or visit www.bradleybraves.com

The Peoria German-American Society will host its annual Maifest at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring a May pole ribbon dance and other German folk dances, crafts for kids, German foods, wine and beer plus live entertainment, admission is free. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

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

In-Residence at ICC will present the Philharmonic Chorale at the Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

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

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Hands on a Hardbody will be presented by Eastlight Theatre (located in the Auditorium at East Peoria High School) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday & and 2 pm on Sunday. The regional premiere, this show received 3 Tony Award nominations in 2013. It’s the story of 10 hard-luck Texans who feel that a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name. Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Ukraine, Russia, and the Future of Europe” at Bradley University tonight (Thursday) with dinner beginning at 5:30 pm and the presentation at 7 pm. Featuring Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, tickets are $30 for PAWAC members or $35 for non-members, or for the lecture only, tickets are $10 for PAWAC members or $15 for non-members and free for students with ID. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

The 2016 Hearts at Home National Conference will be held at the Peoria Civic Center beginning  with a preview tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm for attendees to shop, explore and learn more about the resources available at the conference.  On Friday & Saturday, the conference begins at 7 am and will feature keynote speakers Missy Robertson of TV’s Duck Dynasty and founder/CEO of Hearts at Home and Jill Savage. Workshops offered will focus on family life from how technology is changing the way children learn to understanding how strengths and weaknesses affect the way we parent. Also on Friday night, the Moms Night Out concert will feature musical guest Meredith Andrews and comedian Daren Streblow for $20 for the public or $15 if you’re attending the conference. Friday only and Saturday only conference tickets including a box lunch are $120 or a Friday Plus ticket includes both days for $180. For full details and to purchase tickets online, visit www.heartsathome.org/index.php/events/2016-national-conf

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

A Dunlap High School  Student Written Showcase will take place in the Auditorium tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. A student written and led class focusing on theatre, six 10 minute plays featuring the theme of history repeating itself will be presented. Admission is free, however, donations will be accepted. For more information, call 309-243-7751.

The ICC Music Program will present ICC Vocal Jazz tonight (Thursday) in Lecture/Recital Hall Room 127F beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Blue Man Group will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $41, $68 and $71 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com

The ICC Theatre Program continues its production of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. The show is rated R for mature themes and content. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available by calling 309-694-5136 or by visiting www.artsaticc.com

Our Country’s Good will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for Performing Arts on the Bradley Campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for BU faculty and staff and senior citizens and $9 for students and are available at the theatre box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/colleges/cfa/tickets.dot

Jamie Lissow will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $12 and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Luthy Botanical Garden will hold its Annual Spring Plant Sale Friday through Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. You’ll find unique perennials, native plants, ornamental grasses, unusual tropical plants and annuals plus a selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and other veggies.  Garden members receive a 10% discount. For more information, call 309-681-3502 or visit http://www.peoriaparks.org

Bootleggers Bash will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring all-you-can-eat gourmet delights from 10 of Central Illinois’ favorite eateries, live jazz by the Sally Weisenburg Trio, a silent auction, blackjack and roulette tables and signature Bootleggers Bash cocktails designed by J.K. Williams. Period 1920s costumes and dress are encouraged (although the museum requests that Tommy Guns or other weapons, real or toy, be left at home). Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple and available online at www.PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org

Come for Dinner…Stay for Murder, a Murder Mystery Dinner will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Benefiting the programs of the South Side Office of Concern, tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. Seating is limited  reserve tickets by calling 309-222-2751 or online at www.ssocpeoria.org

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

Peoria Players will present “A Night with Friends Fundraiser” at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Jefferson in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy dinner along with live cabaret style entertainment, a live band, a silent auction plus beer and house wine. Tickets are $70 and are available online HERE

The Peoria Rivermen  will take on the Fayetteville FireAntz in the Second-Round Games of the SPHL President’s Cup Playoffs with Game 2 at Owens Center in Lakeview Park in Peoria on Friday beginning at 8 pm. If a 3rd game is played, it will also be at Owens Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $16 for bleacher seats and $12 for standing room admission and are available by calling 309-676-1040. Tickets for Saturday’s Game 3, if played, will go on sale Saturday morning at 9 am also through the Rivermen office. For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net

Money Smart Week 2016 will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning Saturday and running through April 30th featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout our community being offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes are being offered: for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

Bradley University’s Army ROTC program will host the 3rd Annual Soldier Dash at Bradley Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am. The 5k obstacle race will benefit the BU Army ROTC and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. Registration is $35 per person. For more information or to register, visit www.thesoldierdash.wix.com/thesoldierdash

The Bison Blessing Pow Wow will kick off with the Bison Blessing beginning at 10 am on Saturday with the Pow Wow running from Noon – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Celebrating Mother Earth with the Seven Circles Heritage Center, there will be vendors, crafts and related educational activities. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under and members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

FamilyCore’s Third Annual Sporting Clay Shoot will be held at the Oak Ridge Sportsman’s Club (located at 1301 County Rd 2900 E near Mackinaw) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. A raffle and auction will take place in addition to the shoot. Tickets are $100 person with teams of four encouraged (individuals welcome) with a buffet lunch included. To reserve your spot, call 309-676-2400.  For more information, visit www.FamilyCore.org

In conjunction with Money Smart Week, the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Road in Bartonville) will host a Story Time on Saturday from 10 – 11 am. Featuring songs, stories, crafts and giveaways will include lessons about responsible money skills. This program is most appropriate for children ages K – 3rd grade. Admission is free and no advance registration is required. For more information, visit www.alphapark.org

The 12th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy live music, great local food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids’ crafts and face painting. Admission is free. There will be door prizes and an Earth Day Sale at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The Children’s Home Association of Illinois will hold its 150th Anniversary Celebration Gala at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday from 6 – 11 pm. The Second City Improv All Stars will provide comedic entertainment for the evening. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Home. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.chail150.org

The 7th Annual Uplifted Benefit Concert for St. Jude will take place at Crossroads United Methodist Church (located at 1420 N Main St. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A night of inspirational music, video & stories, the event will feature vocalist Ryan Beck and pianist Brian Wierenga, who are both St. Jude runners. All donations will benefit the St. Jude Research Hospital. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-370-4026 or online at www.stjudeconcerts.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Country Legends at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Rachel Potter & Patrick Thomas, vocalists who were finalists on The X Factor and The Voice, direct from Nashville singing classic hits by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus and more. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Party for the Planet will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. From recycling to butterfly gardens, explore what simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. There will be animal encounters, games and earth friendly treats that the animals will receive throughout the day. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $6 for ages 2 – 12, $8 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Let’s Go Fly a Kite will take place on Sunday from 11:30 am – 4 pm at Butler Haynes Park in Mapleton with kite building, kite flying, a kite flying demonstration and library story time. Admission is free:  kite kits may be purchased for $2 with registration at the Alpha Park Library. For more information, call 309-697-3822 ext. 13 or visit www.alphapark.org

Spring Fest will be held at the Lindenhof on Sunday from noon – 6 pm. Celebrating Bavarian Beer Week and the 500th anniversary of the German Purity Beer Law, enjoy live entertainment and a German food buffet priced at $12 for adults and $6 for kids. For more information, go to www.peoriagermans.net

Pekin York Rite will host the 2nd Annual Dart Tournament and Silent Auction at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. All proceeds will benefit MarcFirst, which helps people with developmental disabilities such as autism live a normal life. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pekinyorkritedarts

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

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The 24th Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring hundreds of quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Friday from 6 – 10 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world plus enjoy live music. Tickets for the Friday night event include a food voucher and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event on Saturday is from 1 – 8 pm and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com

The Peoria Regional Learning Center and Senator Chuck Weaver will host Journey Like No Other tonight (Thursday) at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Featuring food, wine, live entertainment and more, proceeds will support the PRLC, located in Wildlife Prairie Park, which assists students who are at risk of not completing their high school academic career. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, visit www.peoriaregional.com

The 69th Annual Gridiron Dinner will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria tonight (Thursday) with cocktails beginning at 6:15 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Celebrating all that makes our region a special place to live, work…and lampoon. Attire is black tie only. Individual tickets are $185 and are available along with more information at www.peoriagridiron.org

James Johann will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm for $10 and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 27th annual APACHE Homeschool Convention will held at Grace Presbyterian Church (Located on Rt. 91 in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Featuring homeschooling speakers to offer encouragement and tools for those considering homeschooling, there will be over 20 exhibitors with curriculum and supplies. Registration ranges from $35 – $60 and is available along with more information as well as a complete schedule of the convention at www.apachecentralillinois.org

Help raise awareness of child abuse at Hands Around the Courthouse at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this is the ninth year that Youth Services Network Panel has hosted the event to draw attention to the 872 pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County. Participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rosser Brothers Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. 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

Monster Jam will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with shows at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 7:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets $18, $23, $33 and $48 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com

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

The ICC Theatre Program will present Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. The show is rated R for mature themes and content. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available by calling 309-694-5136 or by visiting www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Macon Mayhem in the Quarterfinal Game 2 Playoff at Owens Center in Lakeview Park in Peoria on Friday beginning at 8 pm. If a 3rd game is played, it will also be at Owens Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for bleachers and $11 for standing room only and are available by calling 309-676-1040. For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net

The Pediatric Resource Center will host the Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run/Fun Walk at Kickapoo Creek Winery on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. The run will benefit the fight against children abuse and neglect. Registration is $30 for adults and $25 for students and is available oline at http://go.illinois.edu/kickabuse5k

The Pekin Kids Fest will be held at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. Featuring Fun on the Run inflatables, balloon artists, face painting and an indoor rock climbing wall and more, admission is $5 or free for kids ages 3 and under or get a family 4 pack for $15 at the door. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PekinKidsFestival

Peoria Team RWB Chapter will participate in a group 3 mile Fun Run/Walk at place at Detweiler Park on Saturday beginning at 11:30 am. In conjunction with the nationwide Run as One, the run will benefit Team RWB, Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues who aid military veterans. Hot dogs and lemonade will be provided after and you are invited to bring a side to share. Register at www.crowdrise.com/ilpeoria1

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Game Design from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday where you can explore board games and make your own with Ethan Ham, Chair of Bradley University’s Interactive Media Department. Admission is $5 for members pair or $10 for non-members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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

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

The Spirit of Living event will take place on Saturday at the Par-a-Dice Hotel in East Peoria beginning at 6 pm. Honoring and recognizing those who are an inspiration in our community plus a motivational panel discussion with the “Pink Survivors” as they share their personal experiences battling cancer, tickets for the dinner and awards presentation are $275 per person. For more information call 309-692-6650 or for online registration, visit www.hulthealthy.org

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

Jump, Jive & Swing will take place at Monte Cristo Room (located at 383 Old Germantown Rd, Suite A in Germantown Hills) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The event will portray a 1930’s Supper Club featuring dinner followed by instructional swing dancing featuring the Metamora Township High School Jazz Ensemble providing live dance music along with guest vocalist Lizzy Frantik. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, call 309-383-2177.

Justin Moore will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 for general admission, $45 for the Party Pit or $75 for VIP Loft seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present American Classics at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring jazz inspired classics by composers Bernstein, Copland and Antheil as well as teenage (16 year old) virtuoso pianist and composer, Tengku Irfan, who makes his Peoria debut playing on each piece, tickets are $28 to $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The 2016 Grand Opening Demo Day will take place on Sunday at the Golf Learning Center (located at Golf Learning Center, 7815 N. Radnor Rd, in Peoria) from 11 am – 4 pm. Hit the latest clubs, get free fittings and enjoy the lowest prices of the season. For more information, call 309-689-3329 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum’s galleries.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. Check out supplies at the front desk (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) at no charge. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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The Central Illinois Youth Symphony (CIYS) will present their Spring Orchestral Concerts at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm featuring the Prep Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble and at 4 pm featuring the Youth Symphony. Featuring vocal soloist Masako Johnson at the 2 pm concert and dancers from the Peoria Ballet and senior solo concerto winner Grace Yoon at the 4 pm concert. One ticket gives you admission to both concerts which is $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available by calling 309-370-6424 or online at www.CIYS.org

Voting and Vodka: The Relationship Between Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Sunday from 2 – 3 pm. In this lecture, Dr. Andrew Civettini will explore the relationship between the quests for Prohibition and women’s suffrage and how the two movements redefined voting and American politics more broadly on their way to amending the Constitution. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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The Sun Foundation’s 23rd Annual Clean Water Celebration kicks off at 4 pm on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront near the Gateway Building. A dinner and lecture at the GAR Hall will take place on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm, followed by various sessions at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday from 9 am – 2 pm. For more information, visit www.sunfoundation.org

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

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

Comedian/Ventriloquist/Musician/Actor Taylor Mason will perform at Pekin First Nazarene Church (located at 3514 Broadway St. in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free, however an offering will be collected. For more information, visit www.pekinfirstnaz.org

Brian Regan will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $42.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting Ticketmaster.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blues For A Cause 2016 with Selwyn Birchwood will take place on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 – $35 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Conklin Players will present Greater Tuna at the Five Points Washington Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring two local favorites, Dan Challacombe & Pat Gaik each playing multiple characters, tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

See the Lion Cubs at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday & Sunday from noon to 4 pm as well as on Saturdays & Sundays during those hours (weather permitting) through April 30.  The 3 cubs were born on December 4 to Lizzie & Arthur, the Peoria Zoo resident lions. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members. For lion cub updates, visit www.peoriazoo.org
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The There Will Be Baseball Film Premiere will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning with a cocktail reception at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  Additional showings will be held on Friday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 5:30 pm also at the Giant Screen Theatre for $10.  To view the trailer and for more information about the film, visit http://therewillbebaseball.com

Mike Lebovitz will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $12 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rooster Alley on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center, also on Friday, will feature 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

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

The SAMS (Stray Animal Midway Shelter) 6th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Including dozens of samples of beers and wines, appetizers, live entertainment, a silent auction plus a souvenir glass (while supplies last).  To purchase tickets online and for more information, visit www.samsrescue.org

Yuri’s Night: Trivia and Pub Event will be held on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium celebrating Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to journey into outer space in 1961 with pizza, a beer and wine cash bar plus space-themed pub trivia beginning at 7 pm. The maximum number of team members is 6 people and there is no minimum. Admission is $15 for members and $18 for the public with one drink ticket included. To buy tickets online and for more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Soap Box Derby on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm where you can make a kid-sized car and drive it around Glen Oak Park.  Admission is $10 per member pair (one grownup & one child) and $5 per additional family member or $20 for non-member pairs and $10 per additional family member. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Pollinator Family Day will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Led by the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, learn about butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, bats, beetles and many other pollinators who are facing declining populations and what you can do to help. Native plants will be available to purchase from local nurseries. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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The Healthy Heroes Expo will take place at Dream Center (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2 – 5 pm. Geared toward teens who can learn about local mental health resources, participate in art and gaming activities, face painting, a photo booth, free food, a super hero drawing contest and a costume contest with prizes. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/healthyheroesproject

Joe Diffie will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host its Annual Trivia Challenge Fundraiser at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring free appetizers, a cash bar, a silent auction and a raffle, teams will be able to “rent” PAWAC’s 2015 Scholastic Bowl winners to give their table an advantage. Tickets are $20 per person or $10 for students with valid ID or $160 for a table of eight. Registration is available online at www.pawac.org and individuals will be teamed up at the event. Prepaid registrants will receive 2 free raffle tickets. All proceeds benefit PAWAC’s educational outreach programs to Central Illinois high schools.

The Andre Dawson Public Charity Signing will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets range from $25 to $199 are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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The first chance to see the three Lion Cubs at the Peoria Zoo will be Saturday & Sunday from noon to 4 pm.  They will continue to be on display every Saturday & Sunday during those hours (weather permitting) through April 30.  The cubs were born on December 4 to Lizzie & Arthur, the Peoria Zoo resident lions. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members. For lion cub updates, visit www.peoriazoo.org
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Pekin First Nazarene (located at 3514 Broadway Road in Pekin) will present the 20th Annual Pekin Passion Play tonight (Thursday) & Friday at 7 pm and on Sunday at 10 am. Featuring audience participation and live animals, general admission tickets are free and are available at the Church and are not necessary on Sunday. For more information, visit www.PekinFirstNaz.org

The Tazewell Humane Society will host an online Facebook Easter Auction tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8 pm. To participate in the auction, you must join the Facebook group HERE prior to the auction. Funds raised from the event will benefit the foster program for cats and kittens. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellHumaneSociety

Barry Manilow will bring his “One Last Time” Tour with special guest, Dave Koz to the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $19.75, $39.75, $59.75, $79.75, $99.75, $149.75, $169.75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

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

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Arthritis Walk KickOff will take place at Emo’s Dairy Mart (located at 3618 N Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 5:30 – 10 am. All food is half price and proceeds go to the Arthritis Walk fundraising efforts. The Arthritis Walk will take place on June 2nd at Midstate College and the new section of Rock Island Trails. This is a chance to ask questions about the Walk and learn about fun and creative ways to raise money for the cause.

The 32nd Annual Nostalgic Indoor Invitational Auto Show will take place at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 7 am. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under available at the door. For more information, visit www.earlyfordv8peoria.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Giant Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Breakfast on Saturday with the two Egg Hunts at 11 am and 1:30 pm and the Bunny Breakfast runs from 8 – 11 am. Featuring a buffet style meal with pancakes, sausage and more, the cost for the breakfast is $10.95 for adults, $8.95 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $7 for senior citizens (ages 65+), $9 for ages 13 & up and $6 for ages 2 – 12. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

An Underwater Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Aquaplex (located within the Riverplex in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am and at 10 am.  Participants must pre-register and bring their own basket to gather their eggs. Geared toward children ages 3 to 8, children ages 3-5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian into the pool. Admission is $5 for Peoria residents and $7 for non-residents. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Pet Supplies Plus (located at 2111 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Kids and pets will hunt for Easter eggs filled with treats plus there will be face painting, pictures with Petey, the group’s mascot for $5 recommended donation, gift bags from vendors and pet adoptions. Admission is free, however donations are encouraged and will benefit the Tazewell Humane Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellHumaneSociety

A Doggie Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. With a hunt for small and large breeds, costume contest with prizes and activities for the whole family, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Peoria Humane Society. Event will go on rain or shine. Admission is $5 per dog and $2 per human. For more information, call 309-579-2157 or visit www.facebook.com/events/129882920711873

A Roll Out the Barrel Bus Tour, hosted by the Peoria Riverfront Museum, will run on Saturday from 1:30 – 3 pm. John Leyland, a Peoria Historical Society guide will guide the tour about the whiskey days of Peoria visiting the famous Peoria distillery row, see the old Peoria breweries and whiskey barons’ homes. Tickets are $18 for members and the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring Laser Vinyl (Classic Rock) on Saturday at 6 pm and Laser Pop (Popular Music Across the Decades) at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Jamey Johnson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 for general admission or $35 for the Party Pit in advance or $55 for VIP Loft Seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com