Register to Win 2 Tickets to Bare the Musical at Corn Stock Theatre, 2 Tickets to Spider Hill, 2 Passes to the Peoria Zoo & a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria for 2!

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

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

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

The Fox on the Fairway opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances this Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Eastlight Theatre continues its regional premiere of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

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

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

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

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

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

A Captain’s Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 10:45 am and the cruise running from 11 – 1 pm. Tickets for the cruise only are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  A lunch will also be available for $30 for adults and $15 for kids 4-12. For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peoria Superfest, an amateur radio, computer & electronics show hosted by the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club, will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) from 6 am – dusk on Saturday and from 6 am – 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.w9uvi.org

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

The annual Illinois River Sweep will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 8 am. A volunteer clean up of areas around the Illinois River in Peoria, gloves and trash bags will be provided to volunteers. To register and for more information, call 309-686-3360.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the DC3 on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members.  For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Ragtime Dinner Cruise will take place on Saturday the Spirit of Peoria from 7 – 9 pm featuring live music by ragtime pianists Sue Keller and David Cavalari. Tickets are $45 for adults or $22.50 for kids 4-12 and free for infants.
A Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise running from 5 – 7 pm featuring live music by Ted Lemen and his crew of world champion ragtime pianists. Tickets are $26 for adults or $20 for kids 4-12 and free for infants. Tickets for both events are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

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

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

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

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

2 Passes to “Foot Golf” at Detweiller Park, 2 “Moonlight Cruises” on the Spirit of Peoria and 2 tickets to Spamalot at Corn Stock Theatre!

The Illinois State Fair continues from 7 am – Midnight each day through Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle Parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.agr.state.il.us/isf

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

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring David Hoffman and Friends, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The SummerFest Local Karaoke Competition Final Round will take place on Friday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Avenue in Pekin) beginning at 7 pm. Live entertainment will include JammSammich. Admission is $15. Food will be available. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Peoria & Pekin. For more information, visit www.bgcpeoria.org

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

The Hike for Hunger to benefit the South Side Mission will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center beginning at 8:30 am with registration. Each hiker will receive a t-shirt and breakfast. A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the hike. Cost is $15 or $45 for a family and registration is available online at www.southsidemission.org

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

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

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

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

Super Saturday: Shark Attack will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at Noon where you will learn about megalodons, an extinct species of shark that lived 28 to 1.5 million years ago and reached a maximum length of 46-59 feet. You will also be able to view an assortment of shark teeth and jaws. No pre-registration is necessary: this event is included in admission. Admission to the museum is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

Judy Page will perform as part of the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band. The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band begins at 6 pm followed by Judy Page and a group of local musicians playing both Jazz and R&B. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for the public and students are free. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 43rd annual Steamboat Days Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront beginning tonight (Thursday) beginning at 4:30 pm, Friday at 3 pm and Saturday at 7 am. Featuring a carnival, a NASCAR racing simulator, a craft show, live music, food and a Bags Tournament, admission is free on Thursday with carnival wristbands good for unlimited rides are $20 from 5 – 9 pm. Admission on Friday & Saturday is free until 6 pm, then it’s $5 per person and kids under 12 are free with a paid adult. For a full schedule with band information, visit www.peoriaevents.com/events/steamboat-festival.html

A Pasta Party for St. Jude will take place tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7:30 pm at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria). There will be pasta, pizza, door prizes, a silent auction and a live jazz band. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Boeing, Boeing finishes its run this weekend with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Velocity Summer Paint Party will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center from 8 – 11:30 pm. General admission is $20 at the door or $15 with a VIP Card in advance which is available at http://velocityparty.com/localvips  The party is for ages 14 – 19 (incoming high school freshmen through age 19) and ID is required. For more details, visit www.velocityparty.com

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

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

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

Night Ranger will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show or $75 for VIP seating and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday featuring live entertainment by The Brazillionaires with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar will be available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required.
A Jimmy Buffet Cruise, a Caribbean-themed Dinner Cruise, will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday starting with cheeseburgers grilled on the dock beginning at 7 pm and the cruise leaving at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $40 and this cruise is for ages 21 and over only. Call 800-676-8988 for reservations or tickets will be available at the dock. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 2014 Steamboat Classic 4 mile, 15 Kilometer and 4 Kilometer Races will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 am on Hamilton Street (near Adams Street) in downtown Peoria. Regarded as the “World’s Fastest Four Miles”, “Illinois Toughest 15K” and “Peoria’s Easiest 4K”, they are open and cater to runners and walkers of all ability levels. For complete details, visit www.steamboatclassic.org

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

A Dad’s Day Family Festival will be held at Northwoods Community Church Peoria Campus (located at 10700 N Allen Road in Peoria at the corners of Allen and Wilhelm Roads) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Featuring a family fishing derby, a matinee of Cars (the movie), a cruise-in & car show, a hot-air balloon, the Caterpillar NASCAR racing car, a petting zoo, inflatables, a Julie K concert, quad rides & knife throwing, an ask the car repair expert, the Peoria County Sheriff K9 unit, a tactical & robotics demo, a Home Depot kids workshop, live music, City Dance Performance & clinic and carnival games. Guest speaker for weekend church services will be NASCAR Chaplain David Martin on Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 9 am or 11 am.  Admission is free and food will be available for purchase.

A Lego Robotics Workshop will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Members of the FIRST Robotics Team 1736 will lead the workshop geared towards beginners (ages 8-14) introducing participants to building and programming robots using Lego Mindstorm’s NXT Robotics kits. A fun, educational and interactive experience where students will learn about robots, programming and computer skills, all materials will be provided. While this workshop is designed for beginning students, all skill levels are welcome. Cost is $20 for members or $25 for non-members. Call 309-863-3034 to register. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Art on the Promenade will be held in the East Peoria Levee District on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm each day on the strip of grass between Target & Costco. Admission is free. Featuring 32 artists selling their artwork, all media will be represented: fiber, wood, pastels, oil, watercolor, photography, ceramics and jewelry. For more information, visit www.theleveedistrict.com

Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will host a Spring Art Show featuring local artists on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. With nature-themed artwork including woodcarvings, paintings and photography, artists will be on hand to give public demonstrations throughout the day. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Great Works Begins Theatre Troupe will perform Hamlet at the Woodland Theatre (located in Camp Wokanda at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm on Saturday and at 12:30 pm on Sunday. Performances will be located off the lower parking lot entrance. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. For more information, call 309-579-2157 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Celebrate Flag Day with Scoops for Troops where veterans and military personnel will receive a free scoop of ice cream on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm at The Spotted Cow in Peoria (located at 718 W Glen Ave. in Peoria). For more information call 309-363-3737.

The Friends of Clonmel Art Auction will take place in the Exhibit A Gallery at Junction City (located at 5900 N Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The gallery may be previewed on Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Bidder registration begins at 5 pm on Saturday. Featuring original art work from local artists and from members of the Clonmel art community, admission is free. Call 309-688-5668 for more information.

Songs from the Woods featuring Mike Cheesman in concert with special guests, The Roundstone Buskers will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Heritage Ensemble will perform their annual “Juneteenth” concert at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Donnie Baker will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 or $18 with cash payment. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Father’s Day at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission for fathers and grandfathers is at the child’s rate, which is $5.25 (3 – 12 years), $9 for ages 13 & up, $8 for senior citizens and free for ages 12 & under. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy Father’s Day at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Admission is free for fathers and grandfathers. Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Women of Duck Commander, a live author event featuring insights, stories and conversation from the Duck Commander Women, will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Each book & ticket package includes an autographed copy of the new book “The Women of Duck Commander”. Ticket packages are $25.99 plus taxes and fees and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

The Todd Kelly Quintet will perform at with the Central Illinois Jazz Society at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Ln. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the house band under the leadership of Larry Harms. Todd Kelly, Jazz Professor at Bradley, will lead the quintet on trumpet with Clark Gibson on saxophones, Derel Monteith on piano, Andy Crawford on bass, and Jason Brannon on drums. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and students are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the show. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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

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

The Peoria Bach Festival celebrates its 12th year in 2014 with performances through Sunday celebrating the renowned composer. All performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Shrek the Musical continues at Peoria Players Theatre tonight, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

Patrick Keane will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 and are available by calling 309-673-5853. For more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Celebrate National Public Garden Day at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – 5 pm. Like many public gardens across the country, Luthy Botanical Garden will waive admission for the day. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration takes place every weekday through May 23 from 11 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza featuring area students performing vocal and instrumental music as well as displays of artwork. Admission is free. Performances may be cancelled due to weather: please visit www.springcelebration.org  for a complete calendar.

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

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

Liv Warfield will perform at the Limelight Events Complex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm featuring the NPG Hornz. Warfield is a native Peorian who is returning home after working with Al Green, B.B. King, Dave Matthews Band, The Roots and Prince. Tickets are $35, $45 and $60 and are available at the Limelight Box Office or by calling 309-693-1234. For more information or for online tickets, visit www.limelighteventplex.com
She will also be honored during a dinner at Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel located (located at 501 Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm for her career accomplishments thus far and is set to receive a proclamation from the Mayor’s office. The event includes dinner, live music and remarks from Ms. Warfield. Tickets are $55 and are available by calling 309-472-4838. Proceeds will benefit the George Washington Carver Center.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the Performing Arts Center (located on the East Peoria Campus of Illinois Central College) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens and free for children under 12. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.ArtsAtICC.com

A Spirit of Peoria Moonlight Cruise featuring live entertainment by Barry Cloyd will take place on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and cruising from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under and available at the dock with no reservations required. A cash bar is available. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Area letter carriers will help collect non-perishable food items as part of their annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign throughout their routes on Saturday. Simply leave your donation in a grocery bag near your mailbox for your carrier to collect. All donations will be used at area food pantries. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/StampOutHunger

Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) will host a Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm.  The fair will be held on the lawn behind the building and will feature local crafters and vendors. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Illinois River Watch Workshop will take place on Saturday at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 9 am – 4 pm. Become a River Watch Citizen scientist at this workshop presented by National Great Rivers Research and Education Center where volunteers are trained and certified as a “Citizen Scientist” to monitor and protect local streams. Volunteers adopt a local stream site and examine indicators of water quality and species of insects. Fee to participate is $50. To register, contact call 618-468-2782 or send an email to mpyoung@lc.edu  For more information, call 309- 691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Pollak Hospital (formerly the Peoria State Hospital located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will host its 1st Annual Artist Fair on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring artists and vendors exhibiting paintings, carvings, photography, jewelry, antiques plus authors Gary Lisman of Bittersweet Memories and Sylvia Shults of Fractured Spirits will be selling and signing their books about the Peoria State Hospital. Admission is free. There will also be historical tours of the Pollak Hospital, a tour of the Peoria State Hospital Cemeteries at Noon and actor sign up for the Haunted Infirmary haunted house. For more information, click HERE

Super Saturday will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm where you will take a closer look at ancient Egyptian artifacts, papyrus samples, the process of mummification, plus you’ll learn to write your name in hieroglyphics.  Admission to the museum is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount.
Also on Saturday, the Peoria Riverfront Museum will host Wine & Art Night beginning at 7 pm. Relax with a glass of wine while you create your own work of art. Tickets are $40 or $30 for members for ages 21 and over only. To register, call 309-863-3034.  For more information on either event, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Songs from the Woods will feature Patchouli in Concert at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Salsa Night at The Black Rabbit (located at 456 Fulton Street in Peoria) will take place on Saturday beginning with free lessons from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing is from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission for students is free with ID or $10 for adults. For more information, visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

Enjoy Mother’s Day at the Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm where all Moms will get in for the price of a child’s admission. Regular admission for adults is $9, children 3 – 12 are $5.25, senior citizens are $8 and under 2 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

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

Take Mom to see the Orchid Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Admission is free for mothers & grandmothers. The orchid collection features exotic new acquisitions with many beautiful specimens on display, as well as experts on hand with information on their care.
Or treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea beautiful spring garden setting at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 2 pm. Including cocktail sandwiches, desserts and various teas, you’ll also tour the Orchid Show. Reservations are required. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 or free for children ages 5 & under. Call 309-681-3506 for reservations. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Hike at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday beginning at 1:30 pm.  Admission is free and all Moms will receive a small Mother’s day gift. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “DayDreams” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring mezzo -soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen and Jeff Nelsen on horn, tickets range from $26 – $71 for adults and $11 for students and are available at the PSO office or call 309-671-1096. For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

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

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Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The 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.

St. Mary’s School of Kickapoo will present The Wizard of Oz at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday in the St. Mary’s School Robert C Schmitt Gymnasium (located at 9910 W Knox Street in Kickapoo-Edwards). Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, visit www.stmaryskickapoo.org

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will take place tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm, show beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Dave Hoffman Quartet beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members.
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The Rivals continues at the at the Hartmann Performing Arts Center on the Bradley campus tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm . Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley Theatre box office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

Cash Cab Host Ben Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for the Thursday and Friday late shows and $21 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration takes place every weekday through May 23 from 11 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza featuring area students performing vocal and instrumental music as well as displays of artwork. Admission is free. Performances may be cancelled due to weather: please visit www.springcelebration.org  for a complete calendar.

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

The 43rd 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 8th Annual Passage to India will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday with authentic Indian cuisine, culture and entertainment beginning with cocktails at 5:30 pm. A fundraiser for Easter Seals, tickets are $125 and are available by calling 309-686-7755, x2287 or visiting www.es-passagetoindia.com

Shrek the Musical will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

TazWood Dance Company will present Danceology beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Celtic Woman Emerald Tour will be presented on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $52.30 and $73.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing is holding a Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 – 10 am on Saturday at Applebee’s (located at 3929 W War Memorial Drive in Peoria). Ticket price is $5 and includes pancakes, syrup, butter, bacon and a beverage. All proceeds will be used for IVFCH Veterans Home Repair Program. To order tickets, call 309-363-3737. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

Community Children’s Theatre Annual Drama Festival will take place on Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a day of live entertainment by Peoria theatre students and participate in a special art project sponsored by a grant from NEA Our Town “Art & Soul”. Bring your lunch or buy snacks and drinks at the concession stand. Admission is free. For more information call 309-681-2861 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Civil War Spring Drill will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and from 10 am – 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2 per person with a $10 maximum per car. Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Bring a camera and have your picture taken with the soldiers. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bradley University’s Department of Interactive Media will present “Routing: An Interactive Media Experience,” a one-day exhibition that is an immersive experience of sights, sound design, 3D animation and game design for all ages at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.  There will be a Wave Wall, an interactive light installation, an Interactive Media Colloquium, a chance to explore the trends of digital media, a Kids’ Exploration & Playworks exhitib with children’s activities, a student portfolio show and more. 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 http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Princesses and Pirates Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Children are encouraged to wear costumes to meet parrots and “dragons” up close, participate in a themed scavenger hunt throughout the Zoo for prizes, play games to “walk the plank” and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $5.25 for children ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for ages 2 & under and Zoo members. For more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Secular Humanist Society will host a screening of “Hug an Atheist” at Landmark Cinemas on Saturday beginning at Noon. A documentary film about atheism in the USA, the film dispels the myths and untruths following ordinary American atheists on their journey through life. Admission is free, however there is a suggested donation is $5. For more information, visit http://huganatheist.org

Red Green’s How To Do Everything Tour will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $50.50 and available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

A Night of Blues and Samba will take place on Saturday at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Boulevard in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Brazilionaires & The Smokers Blues Band, tickets $7 online at www.thebrazilionaires.com/concert-tickets or $10 at the door.

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “Music of our Homeland” beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at First Federated Church (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria). Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students in advance. For more information, call 309-693-6725 for tickets and visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org
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Homegrown, Handmade and Handcrafted will be presented on Sunday by the Peoria Historical Society at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) from 1 – 4 pm. The exhibit and tour features examples of vintage handcrafts and textiles and artisan demonstrations. Outdoor American roots music entertainment and complementary refreshments will be served in the back garden overlooking the Illinois River Valley.
Also, The Fine Art of Hospitality Exhibit: Celebrating Mothers will take place on Sunday at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage recipes from the kitchen of Miss Jean Morron, tour the home, experience the elegance of life on Moss Avenue, the dramatic architecture and design, unique collection items from a by-gone era and sample goodies from Miss Morron’s recipe box and book. Cost for each tour is $7 for adults and $3 for children or $10 for both tours. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Zoo will host a Mother’s Day Tea on Sunday from 2 – 3 pm, with tea and sandwiches, crafts for the kids, animal encounters and scheduled talks throughout the zoo. Tickets are $11 or $7 for Zoo members. To reserve tickets or more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Eureka College Theatre Department and Woodford County Historical Society will host the 6th Annual Cemetery Walk at Olio Township Cemetery (located at 1015 S Main St. in Eureka) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Eureka College students will portray citizens from Eureka’s past. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-467-6580 or 309-467-4525.

The Philharmonic Chorale Concert will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults or $10 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309- 694-5136.

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The Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) – Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up, and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University in Peoria) will present a Maundy Thursday Service, Choir Cantata “The Seven Last Days” beginning with a soup & salad Pot Luck tonight (Thursday) begining at 5:30 pm and the Cantata at 7 pm. For more information, call 309-692-1420 or visit www.fccpeoria.org

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host “Cuba’s Revolution: Time for a Policy Change?” at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N. Galena Rd in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm with a cash bar, dinner at 6 pm and presentation at 7:30 pm. The presentation will be led by Dr. Christina Perez, associate professor of sociology and director of the women and gender studies program at Dominican University in Chicago, who will discuss the state of Cuba’s revolution and the potential for a change in U.S. policies towards the nation. Admission is $35 or $30 for PAWAC members and students. For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a presentation by Dr. Robert J. Lang entitled “Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Art & Science of Origami” tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 8 pm. Dr. Lang, an acclaimed physicist, inventor and origami artist, is co-creator of the Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami exhibit which runs through April 27th. Tickets for the presentation are $10 per person or $7 for PRM members. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through Sunday On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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April Macie will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday and Friday late shows and $15 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Park Players Troupe Auditions will take place on Friday at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 3 pm at Owens Center (located at 1019 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria). For ages 14-18, applicants should be prepared to give three references, excluding family members. Six actors will be hired to perform in this troupe. For more information, call 309-681-2861 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Humpty Dumpty will be performed by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Great American Trailer Park Musical will be performed at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 each and are available at the Eastlight Box Office or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

The Pediatric Resource Center will host the Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run/Fun Walk at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards) on Saturday with registration beginning at 7:30 am, the race beginning at 8:30 am and a brunch after the run/walk. All proceeds will go toward helping the PRC provide medical exams and case management services to child victims of neglect and physical or sexual abuse. For more information, call 309-624-9595 or email prcinfo@uicomp.uic.edu

The Easter Seals will host Miles for Milestones: Inaugural Run, Walk and Roll, including a 5K and one-mile route through East Peoria’s Levee District on Saturday beginning at 8 am, with a post-race party at the Holiday Inn. Runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes of all abilities are welcome. Funds raised will help provide specialized pediatric therapy services in central Illinois. Registration is $30 for the 5k Run $30 or $20 for ages 4-18 and $20 for the 1 Mile Walk. All paid registrants receive a t-shirt. To register, call 309-686-1177, ext. 2321 or visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host two Giant Easter Egg Hunts: one at 11 am and one at 1:30 pm on Saturday. Other activities include an Eggstra Special Scavenger Hunt throughout the park beginning at 8 am, a Bunny Breakfast from 8 – 11 am, face painting, a visit from the Easter Bunny and more. Admission is $8 for adults, & for senior citizens aged 65 and up, $6 for ages 3 – 7, $4 for WPP members and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 10th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. “Think globally, act locally” by learning what you can do to make a difference. Live music will be provided by Patchouli and others and there will be food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids’ crafts, face painting, door prizes and an Earth Day Sale. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Super Saturday: Fractals – Nature’s Extreme Art will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm where you will learn all about fractals, observe them up close plus take a fractal pattern home with you. This event is free for members and with regular paid admission. Admission 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 Dave Chastain & Sue Schnarr Baker Fire Disaster Fundraiser will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2:30 – 11 pm. Featuring Dave Chastain’s DC3, Rooster Alley, Jim Davis Band, Junkyard Dogz, Robin Crowe, Bill Porter Project and Kickapoo Junction, tickets are $10 in advance at the Limelight Event Complex, Schooners in Morton or online at www.limelighteventplex.com and $13 at the door.

Ghost Town Blues Band will perform at Goodfellas Pub & Pizza (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm presented by the River City Blues Society. Cover charge is $5. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

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Money Smart Week 2014 will take place throughout the Peoria area through Saturday 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.

The Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) – Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up, and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through April 20. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Dayton tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm and Bowling Green on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm as well as Saturday and Sunday both beginning at 1 pm and at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Fundraiser at the Locker Room (located at 112 SW Jefferson in downtown Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. 10% of all food and non-alcoholic drink purchases will benefit the group to go toward to building a parking lot and trails in Peoria’s newest park. Learn about becoming a member, plus pick up a t-shirts and details on upcoming hikes and special events. For more information, visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

Blue Man Group will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $56., $61, and $75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Corn Stock for Kids will present Dorothy in Wonderland at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids aged 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Center, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Eureka College Theatre Department will present Godspell at Pritchard Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling 309-467-6363. For more information, visit http://www.eureka.edu/event/godspell

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

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

Auditions for Community Children’s Theatre’s Ragtime, School Edition will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (located at 3601 N North St. in Peoria) at 6 pm on Friday and at 10 am on Saturday.  For more information call 309-681-2861.

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

The 22nd Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring over 250 quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Friday from 6 – 10 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world plus try bites from local restaurants. A smaller, quieter beer testing event with the acoustic sounds of the local band, Corn Wolves, tickets for the Friday night event are $20 and include a 2014 glass souvenir glass plus food. 50% of the door proceeds will benefit the Greater Peoria Honor Flight. The Saturday event runs 1 – 8 pm and the first 4000 guests will receive commemorative sample glasses. Saturday tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and are available at many area locations.  Beer tickets are $1 each, with most beers requiring 1 ticket per 4 oz tasting. For a full list of beers available and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com

The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter will host the Heartland Heroes Dinner 2014 with Sara Evans featuring a dinner in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 6 pm with the Heartland Heroes event and concert beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $36.50 – $42.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois will be presented by ICC at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Entertainment will include performances by ICC’s Vocal Jazz, the Maloof granddaughter trio, the Peoria Ballet, Peoria Players Theatre, Pick Percussions (formerly the Elite Drum Corps) plus a full performance of the 2014 ICC Readers’ Theatre show “Words of Freedom”. Admission is free, however, during intermission a good will offering benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be collected. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/253864251455099/?ref=25

The Barrel of Laughs Comedy Night will be held at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Enjoy dinner, drinks and laughs with Jay Harris and Mike Maxwell for $25 per person. For more information, call 309-495-9463 ext.1.

The Peoria Ballet will present Cinderella at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 130 Wilmor Road in Washington) beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and also at 2 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at http://www.peoriaballet.com  For more information, call 309-690-7880.

A Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 8 – 9:30 pm at the Franciscan Recreation Complex (located at 908 Sterling Avenue in West Peoria). A nighttime hunt for eggs filled with candy and plenty of prizes, afterwards enjoy pizza, refreshments and games. All participants need to bring a flashlight and prize bag. Admission is $10 for Peoria residents and $15 for non-residents. For registration and more information, call 309-677-6705 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the cities of Peoria and Washington and the Washington Chamber, will host Shop Washington this weekend. While many Washington businesses were undamaged in the November tornado and remain open, they need support from area residents. A CityLink bus for shoppers will depart from the Riverfront Clock Tower at 10 am on Saturday and stop at Russell’s Cycling & Fitness Center, Mt. Vernon Plaza and the Square in Washington, returning to Peoria at 3 pm. For more information, call 309-495-5974.

The 17th Annual Easter Egg Festival will be held at the Franciscan Recreation Complex (located at 908 Sterling Avenue in West Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Bring your Easter baskets and help find colorful eggs filled with candy and prizes plus before and after the hunt, there will be snacks, a coloring contest, face painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The hunt begins at 10:15 am and there will be three age groups. For more information, call 309-677-6705 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Zoo (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) will host its annual Easter Egg Celebration on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am for children ages up to 3, at 10:50 am for ages 4 – 6 and at 11:10 am for ages 7 – 9. Admission is $6.50 for non-member children or $3.50 for member children and $9 for non-member adults. For more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Historical Society’s 80th Anniversary event, “Peoria Hosts: Famous Guests in the River City“, will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom in downtown Peoria on Saturday with a boutique opening at 10 am and the luncheon beginning at 11:30 am. Featuring 6 famous people who played in Peoria in the past 200 years, the performance will chronicle historical entertainment through snippets of speeches, costumes, dancing and more. Tickets are $40 and reservations are required. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Hike in Peoria’s newest park, Rocky Glen on Saturday from 10 am – Noon leaving from Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W. Farmington Road in Peoria.) All hikers will be shuttled to the trailhead by van. The hike is around 1.5 miles long over rough ground. Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. For more information, visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

A Prairie Garden Workshop will take place on Saturday from 10 am – Noon at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Participants will learn the basics of starting their own native prairie garden at home, the benefits of native landscaping, how to propagate prairie plants and planning your garden to work with your site. Participants will then get to take home a prairie plant to start their own garden. Admission is $15. For more information about the class call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Illinois Central College will host its 10th Annual International Fair on Saturday from noon – 3 pm in the East Peoria Campus cafeteria. Meet some of ICC’s international students, see a fashion show of traditional costumes from their home countries, and celebrate their cultures through music, entertainment, food samples, cultural booths and dancing. The fair is open to the public with a suggested $2 donation and children 12 and under are free. All proceeds go towards an international student scholarship fund. For more information, call 309-694-8817.

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Northtrail Park (located at 1621 Meadowview Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at Noon featuring candy and prized-filled eggs for children under 10. Fee is $4 per child and registration required. For more information and to register, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Former NASA space shuttle commander Scott Altman will speak on “Reaching for the Stars” at the Cerf Center on the Eureka College campus on Saturday beginning at 11:30 am as part of alumni weekend activities. Altman, son of Eureka College alumni Fred and Sharon Altman of Pekin, logged more than 50 days in space during four space flights. He will discuss growing up in central Illinois and his experiences in the Navy and at NASA. Tickets for the event are $30. For more information, call 309-467-6319.

The Peoria Push Roller Derby Dames will take on the Prairieland Punishers at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door and kids 6 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriarollerderby.org

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse at the Shore Acres Clubhouse in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the great string band, The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Songs from the Woods will feature Wil Maring in concert at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. American Classics will feature Béla Fleck on banjo and Nathaniel Olson, baritone. Tickets range from $35 – $80 and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Salsa Night at The Black Rabbit (located at 456 Fulton Street in Peoria) begins with free lessons on Saturday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing is from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission for students is free with ID or $10 for adults. For more information, visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

The Bradley University Community Chorus Spring Concert featuring music of Johannes Brahms will be held at Dingeldine Music Center (locate at 1417 W. Barker Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.