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The Color Purple will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre opening on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, August 29. The musical version of the popular movie, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com 

The Illinois State Fair continues on the Illinois State Fairgrounds tonight (Thursday) through Sunday from 7 am – midnight each day. 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.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Can the World Prevent Genocide?” tonight (Thursday) at the Illinois Valley Yacht Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) with Keith Porter, president and CEO of the Stanley Foundation of Muscatine, Iowa. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm and the presentation begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 for PAWAC members and students and $35 for the general public. For more information and to register, visit www.pawac.org

Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm and Wisconsin on Friday at 7 pm, on Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present the Darel Monteith Trio on the CEFCU center stage at The Landing on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This free series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present “Q Gents” tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and also on Friday & Saturday at 10 pm at the Center for the Performing Arts on the ISU Campus. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535. For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Flying Fish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament kicks off on Friday on the Peoria Riverfront with an international conference featuring experts on Asian carp from 8 am – 5 pm at the Gateway Building. On Saturday, the tournament runs from 5 am – 1 pm on the Illinois River, leaving from Bass Pro Shops with the festival from 10 am – 3 pm. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Peoria-Flying-Fish/403370746473075

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in August beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You’ll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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 beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Central Illinois Dueling Pianos will present Howlin’ on the Water Dueling Pianos in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with doors opening for the buffet at 6 pm and the show starting at 8 pm. Cost is $38 per person for the dinner and show (reserved seating with advanced reservation required) or $10 per person for the show only (general admission with no reservations available). This is an adults only event; ages 21 and over only. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.HowlinOnWater.com

Peoria Public Radio’s Concert in the Park will take place on Friday from 7 – 9 pm at Glen Oak Amphitheatre. Lee Wenger will for the evening of music and friends. Admission is $10 at the gate. All proceeds go to supporting WCBU Radio. For more information, visit www.wcbu.org

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

Pluto Pub Night will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy beer, pizza and the latest news from the New Horizons Pluto mission where Planetarium curator, Renae Kerrigan, will fly guests through the Universe using the Uniview software. End the night by making Pluto ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Guests must be 21 or older and will receive up to 3 beers included in the ticket price. Advanced tickets required, which are $25 for PRM members and $30 for the public and are available at the PRM front desk, by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria with live entertainment included plus a cash bar from 8 – 10 pm on Friday. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows and $12 for the Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Jammsammich will perform on Friday the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The RiverFront Market will take 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

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

The Annual Hummingbird Festival will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Admission is free for all ages. Vernon Kleen, licensed hummingbird bander, will demonstrate banding and discuss hummingbirds. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Faith Lutheran Church will sponsor Jammin’ for Jason at Kep’s Sports Bar and Grill (located at 314 Muller Road in Washington) on Saturday from 11 am – 10:30 pm. Jason Hermacinsk, age 35 who suffers from ALD or Adrenoleukodystrophy and must have a stem cell transplant. Live music will be provided by “Billy Croft and the Five Alarm” at 8 pm.

Peoria Area Veterinary Group (located at 2815 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host an Adoption Fair for the Peoria Humane Society from 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Various pets will be present, ready and waiting to find homes plus there will be a silent auction, a “play with puppy” where you rent time to play with a puppy, treats for animals and humans and an “ask a vet” 1 on 1 session to ask questions about your pets’ health. Donations will benefit the Peoria Humane Society. For more information, visit www.pavg.net

The Pulse of Peoria Drumline will host Community Drumline showcase at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday from 1 – 5 pm. Featuring Marcus Joyner from the movie “Drumline” and drumlines from all over to share their programs and college recruiting teams, there will also be vendor tables in the lobby. Admission is $5. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PulseofPeoriaDrumline

India Fest will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 2:45 – 9 pm. Admission is $5. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing and more, for more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/719847698141766/

The Beale St. Jingle Fundraiser will take place on Saturday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Peking) beginning at 3 pm. Featuring live music by West MacQueen St. Band, N.R.A. and the Smokers Blues Band, there will also be food, a cash bar, a bags tournament, karaoke, a DJ and more. Tickets are $20 in advance or $26 at the door and kids get free admission per one adult ticket. A benefit for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk, for more information, call 309-347-4277. To buy tickets online, visit http://www.icpronline.com/events/beale-st-jingle

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm. The 6 pm show will feature music by Led Zeppelin and the 7 pm show will featuring music by Metallica. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members get in for free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/544

Dramatic Crossroads & the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria will present Hip-Hopera on the 2nd floor of the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $8 for non-members, $7 for student/senior non-members, $5 for members, and $4 for student/senior members.  For more information, visit  www.dramaticcrossroads.org

A Bridal Showcase will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm featuring over 40 wedding professionals, a unique pop up shop with Adore Bridal & Specialty and entertainment by DJ4U.  Admission and parking are free and complimentary appetizers will be provided. For more information, visit www.behindeverybride.com

The 6th Annual Homes of Hope Benefit Car Show will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Admission is free. Car Show Registration is $10. Featuring live music as well as wine tasting, food, raffles, and a bag tournament, for more information, call 309-862-0607 or visit Homes of Hope at www.homesofhopeinc.org

Kickapoo Creek Winery will host its 9th Annual Grape Stomp on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring live music by West MacQueen Street, admission is $10 per person which includes 3 tasting tickets for those over 21 and kids aged 12 and under are free. All proceeds benefit The Cancer Center for Healthy Living.  For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

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The 4th Annual Wine & Whiskey Walk will take place at Junction City (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 6 pm. Featuring over 30 samplings of eclectic wines and whiskeys, there will also be food, live entertainment, interactive art, an emerging artists celebration and swag bags. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Art Guild. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com/events

The Brimfield Old Setteler’s Days will take place beginning at 5:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 5 pm on Friday & at 6:30 am on Saturday in downtown Brimfield. Featuring food, a beer garden, a carnival, a 5k race, an arts & crafts fair, kid’s bicycle races, a parade and live entertainment by David Frizzell, admission is free. For more information, visit www.brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com

The Illinois State Fair will be held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds tonight (Thursday) with a preview beginning at 6 pm and runs Friday through Sunday, August 23 from 7 am – midnight each day. 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.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx

Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Historical Society will be hosting “Americana Rhythms on the River” featuring live music by Switchback on the Spirit of Peoria tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at Kelleher’s Irish Pub, Harp & Thistle and the PHS office. Enjoy the music of Switchback while cruising the Illinois River on the Spirit of Peoria for an evening of American Roots with Celtic Soul. Dinner is included with the concert. A cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria will present the 6th Annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend to honor the musician and Peoria native. Tonight (Thursday), the movie “Dan Fogelberg Live: Greetings from the West”, a 1991 concert performance, will be screened at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6:30 pm. On Friday at 10 am, a plaque containing lyrics to one of his songs will be unveiled at the Peoria Heights Observation Tower. The foundation will also hold a tribute concert and fundraiser on Friday at the Gateway Building beginning at 7:30 pm and on Saturday, the weekend finishes off with a picnic at the Dan Fogelberg Memorial in Riverfront Park beginning at 11 am. For tickets or more details, visit www.fogelbergfoundationpeoria.org

The Peoria Area Senior Citizens Band and the Peoria Accordian Club will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaseniorband.com

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in August beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You’ll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place on Friday at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) beginning at 7 pm. Music will be provided by Too Old To Be Controlled and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances so beginners are welcome: come 15 minutes early for an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. Bring a snack to share. For more information, call 309-274-5358.

Brushville will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.jaytv.com

Dancing Dream: A Tribute to ABBA will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present “Q Gents” on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and 10 pm at the Center for the Performing Arts on the ISU Campus. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535. For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Battle at the Ballpark will take place on Saturday at Dozer Stadium from 8 am – 7 pm. A competition to raise money for CreatiVets, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD through performing arts, registration is $150 per team to participate and celebrate with an after party at New Amsterdam with live music provided by “3 and a Half Men.” For more information, call 309-682-9348 or visit www.battleattheballparkpeoria.com

The RiverFront Market will take 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 will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5823 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8:30 – 11 am. Registration is $20 for individuals and $50 for families and includes a t-shirt, hike premium and the opportunity to earn trail tickets for the prize table items including an iPad Mini. Participants may register online or on the day of the event and are encouraged to bring donations for the food bank and household items that will be taken to the South Side Mission Marts. For more information and to register, visit www.southsidemission.org/dvi-hike-for-hunger

The Annual “Day in Oz” Wizard of Oz Festival will be held on Saturday at Butler Haynes Park (located at 9424 S. Mapleton Rd) from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. Come tour the Wizard of Oz themed garden and yellow brick road. Meet Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion and others.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Wizardofozfest

The Washington Arts Festival will take place in Washington Park near Grange Shelter (located adjacent to Lincoln Grade School) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Featuring fine art exhibitors, children’s activities, live music & food. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-444-9413 or visit www.washingtonparkdistrict.com

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

Peoria’s Grand Nationals Weekend will take place in Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am – 11:30 pm. Admission is $15 before 4 pm and $20 after 4 pm.  Illinois’ largest motorcycle festival which celebrates the running of the Grand National TT Motorcycle Races will feature a motorcycle parade, antique & custom bike shows, vendors, stunt shows, live music, food, beer and more. For more  information, visit www.jaytv.com/grandnationals.

A Tea-Rex Tea Party, a one-of-a-kind dinosaur themed tea party, will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Enjoy tea and treats, arts and crafts and a special reading of Molly Idle’s book “Tea Rex” plus a dinosaur photo-booth to capture your day of fun. Although geared towards pre-school and early elementary visitors, guests of all ages are welcome. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited: call 309-863-3034. Admission is $10 for members or $15 for non-members (per family). For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/583

Northwoods Mall will host a Back to School Event featuring face painting, balloon sculpting and a magic show on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Parents and children are invited to come out and kick-off the start of the school year during this back-to-school celebration.

The Super Saturday: Living Fossils Sharks & Gars will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. 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 . Discover “living fossils” or sea creatures that have changed little from prehistoric times. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/471

A Great Burr Oak Science Club meeting will take place at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. This month they team up with the Peoria Magician’s Assembly for a fascinating look at the science of magic. Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.theGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

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

Wine & Art Night at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring painting with local artist Zac Zetterberg will take place on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Explore a variety of art media and techniques with area artists while you relax and enjoy a sampling of different wines each session and paint your own version of Van Gogh’s Almond Blossom. All materials and wine are included. Space is limited and this event is for ages 21+ only. Admission is $30 for members and $33 for the public.  For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will offer free admission all day on Sunday. Enjoy Feeding Frenzy and Predator Prowl at 11 am outside of the Visitor’s Center, Wildlife Chat at 12:30 pm outside of the Visitor Center, a Bison & Elk Feeding at 1 pm at the Hespell Deck, Creature Feature at 1:30 pm plus Adventure Trek and train rides for purchase plus prizes and giveaways. For more details, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

John Miller and the Romaniacs will perform in the Starting Gate Banquet Room, at the Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm. Members are $5, non-members are $7 and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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

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Footloose continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
See the ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report about Footloose HERE

Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2015 continues their production of the musical Big Fish beginning at 7:30 pm in the East Peoria High School Auditorium tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7:30 pm.  The story of a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some.  His incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him. Tickets are $19 and are available by calling 309-699-7469 or visiting  www.eastlighttheatre.com
See the ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report about Big Fish HERE

Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Lake County tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm and Fort Wayne on Friday & Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring the Smokers Blues Band from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at Idlewood Park (located at 450 E Greenwood St. in Morton). Admission is free and dinner & snacks will be available for purchase starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring your own picnic. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present David Hoffman & Friends at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Grease continues at Corn Stock Theatre in the main stage tent tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are sold out for all remaining performances.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Richard II tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm, Q Gents beginning at 8 pm on Friday and Love’s Labour’s Lost on Saturday beginning at 8 pm all at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $20 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org
See the ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report about the Illinois Shakespeare Festival HERE

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in August beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You’ll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, 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 10th Annual Tower Park Music Festival, featuring a variety of music from seven bands, will take place from 5 – 11 pm on Friday and 3 – 11 pm pm on Saturday. Admission is free and features food, a beer tent and family fun in addition to the live music. For a complete list of performers and more details, visit www.peoriaheights.org/music

Kindred Spirits, a whiskey experience to benefit the Pediatric Resource Center, will take place on Friday from 5:30 – 8 pm J.K. Williams (located at 526 High Point Ln. in East Peoria) with whiskey tastings and tours of the distillery. Tickets are $25 and include a souvenir J.K Williams glass. For more information or to buy tickets, call 309-624-9595 or email prcinfo@uicomp.uic.edu

The River City Soul Fest will take place at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront this weekend. Admission is $15 on Friday, $20 on Saturday and $25 for a weekend pass (weekend pass only available in advance). Friday features Gospel music with a variety of local choirs and performers including Ricky Dillard. Saturday will feature more local talent with R&B artists Dru Hill and Silk. Tickets are available at Emack & Bolios on the RiverFront & Peoria Heights, Janet’s Just For You, & Co-Op Record Stores, or online at www.jaytv.com

The Original Skazz Band will perform at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. Refreshments may be brought to the event. For more information, visit www.youtube.com/theoriginalskazzband

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. will be presented on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Pritchard Theatre (located on the Eureka College campus). Reserved seating tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for 12 & under. More information, visit www.nitschtheatrearts.org

The RiverFront Market will take 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 Jubilee College Historic Site will be open to the public on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm with free tours of Jubilee College and the cemetery plus tours and information on native prairie and gardening for butterflies and more. For more information, visit www.stateparks.com/jubilee_college.html

IGNITE Peoria will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 9 am. A celebration of creativity featuring a range of events to inspire innovation, release artistic vision and spark the imagination of the community, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

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

The Party on the Plaza with the Brazilionaires will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 6 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 per person and include the concert and food provided by Cracked Pepper. Tickets are available at the museum’s front desk, by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

A Murder Mystery cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve seats, call 309-637-8000.

Todd Rundgren will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 for reserved seating, $45 for reserved table seating or $50 for loft seating and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Italian-American Society of Peoria’s 86th Summer Festa Picnic will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 North Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from noon – 6 pm. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under age 12. There will be Italian food, beverages, gift booths, a car show, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest, and bocce ball. For more information, visit www.italianamericansociety.com

The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) will host the Vintage, Vines and Wines Festival on Sunday from 12 – 6 pm. Vendors will have vintage chic furnishings and all sorts of “shabby chic” to “rustic vintage” items that they have re-purposed with a fresh flair for sale plus there will be live music throughout the day by Stewart’s Goose, wine tasting and Ropp Cheeses and Chocolatier Chocolates will be available for purchase in the tasting room. Admission is $5 per person and free for kids 12 and under. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Dinosaurs in Motion: Where Art & Science Meet will feature a guided tour of the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit at the Riverfront Museum on Sunday from 2 – 3 pm.  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 plus a $5 additional fee for the dinosaur exhibit.  For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/587

Music in the McKenzie at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) will feature The Oceanographers from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is free and CD sales support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/music-in-the-mckenzie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register HERE to 2 Tickets to “Legends” at the Peoria Civic Center, 2 Daily Passes to the Aquaplex or Dinner & the Show “Smoke on the Mountain” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre!

The 34th Annual Congressional Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery during normal library hours through April 24th.  Entries from high school students from the 18th Congressional District will be exhibited. The work on display will represent a variety of mediums. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through Sunday. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois will be presented tonight (Thursday) at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Road in Peoria) from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. The family-friendly event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and feature performances from more than 100 local performers including the Peoria Ballet, ICC Vocal Jazz, Pulse of Peoria Drumline, ICC Readers’ Theatre, The Maloof Granddaughter Trio and more. Admission is free, however a collection will be taken during intermission. For more information, call 309- 694-5107 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1534733220144171

A Little Princess will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids 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 ages 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

All In The Timing continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

As You Like It will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

August Osage County will be presented tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the Pritchard Theatre on the campus of Eureka College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students, faculty & senior citizens and are available by calling the box office at 309-467-6363. Audiences should be advised this is an adult story with strong language and mature themes.

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

Peoria County’s Youth Services Network Panel will host the 8th Annual Hands Around the Courthouse at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. Highlighting Child Abuse Prevention Month and drawing attention to pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County, participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

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

The 23rd 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. Tickets for the Friday night event include a food voucher and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event on Saturday is from 1 – 8 pm and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com
Check out the ExplorePeoria.com Video Entertainment Report featuring the 2015 Beer Festival at https://youtu.be/u64GdHlrviE

An Old Fashioned Barn Dance will be held at Camp Wokanda in Mossville on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band, The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze will teach all the dances:  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.

Monster Jam will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with shows at 7 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets start at $15 with front row tickets are $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at www.Ticketmaster.com

Money Smart Week 2015 will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning on Saturday and running through April 25th featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout the community offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes will be available: for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

The 3rd Annual Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run and Fun Walkwill take place on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) through the vineyard and fields. Cost is $30 per adults, $25 for students and $8 for children under 3 years. Registration will happen at Great Clips in Metro Centre on Friday from 4 – 7 pm and on Race Day beginning at 7:30 am.  For more information, call 309-624-9595.

A Civil War Spring Drill Re-Enactment will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 2 on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Spring has arrived, and soldiers are preparing for a long march. Come experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action (and perhaps be a part of daily drill). Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

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

The 11th Annual ICC International Fair 2015 will take place at the ICC East Peoria Campus on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. Celebrating various cultures through music, entertainment, food samples and dancing, there is a $2 suggested donation and all food samples are 25 cents each. All money raised will go towards scholarships for international students. For more information, call 309-694-8817.

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Stand back, watch out, and enjoy chemistry in action when the Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. The event is free with admission to the Museum which is free for Museum members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. . Call 309-863-3034 to register and for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Relay For Life of Northern Tazewell County will take place at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus on Saturday from 4 – 10 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/northtazewellil

Peoria Players Theatre will host their 3rd Annual Trivia Night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $15 per person at the door. Call 309-688-4473 for reservations and for rules and regulations, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Beach Burger Blowout will be presented featuring the Jumbo Shrimp Trio from St. Louis at AmVets Post 169 (located at 660 Radio City Drive in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Cheeseburger meals will be available for purchase from 5 – 7 pm with proceeds to benefit Goodwill’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. Hosted by the Central Illinois Parrot Head Club, the North Pekin Amvets and Amvets Riders, for more information, visit www.ciphc.org

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) will host a Dance Showcase featuring music, open dancing and dance performances on Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Open dancing will include Latin, Ballroom and Swing styles plus appetizers, desserts and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 per person at the door. Formal attire is required: no jeans please. For more information, call 309-685-1950.

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

Clayton Anderson will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free plus you can enter to win a Mega Ticket at the event. You can reserve your free tickets at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Wicked Divas” at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for children & students and are available at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Italian-American Society of Peoria’s Taste of Italy Dinner will take place at the Spalding Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 7403 N Radnor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 12:30 – 4 pm. Featuring cuisine from Northern Italy, choose from spaghetti & meatballs or spaghetti & Bolognese meat sauce plus a salad, bread and a soft drink. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Fried Zucchini and Fried Polenta and wine, coffee and Italian baked goods will also be available. Proceeds of the dinner support the Society’s annual scholarship program and donations to local charities. For more information, visit www.italianamericansociety.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “Matinee at the Movies” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets range from $28 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

The Sun Foundation’s 22nd Annual Clean Water Celebration kicks off at 4 pm on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront near the Gateway Building. A dinner and lecture at the GAR Hall will take place on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm followed by various sessions at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday from 9 am – 2 pm. For more information, visit www.sunfoundation.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present the Derel and Ellen Monteith Quartet at the Landmark Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the ICC Jazz Train (big band) opening. Derel and Ellen have performed separately and together with great jazz musicians across the US and abroad for over 20+ years. The musicians filling out the quartet include Andy Crawford on acoustic bass and Jason Brannon on drums. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, visit www.centralilljazz.org

Register HERE to 4 Tickets to Monster Jam or 2 Tickets to the Beer Festival or Dinner & the Show “Smoke on the Mountain” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre!

 

The 34th Annual Congressional Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery during normal library hours through April 24th.  Entries from high school students from the 18th Congressional District will be exhibited. The work on display will represent a variety of mediums. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through April 19. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs open their season tonight (Thursday) against the Quad Cities beginning at 7 pm with another game on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 6 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

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

The 2015 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring a NASCAR Driving Simulator, King Robotica, Look-a-Like SpongeBob & Princess Sophia, Princess Elsa, Anna & Olaf plus facepainting, a stilt walker & bouncer for the kids, tickets are $5 for ages 16 and up and free for ages 15 and under with a paid adult. For more information, visit www.peoriaautoshow.com

The 2nd Friday Film Club will present Singin’ In the Rain on Friday from 2 – 4 pm in the Peoria Public Library Main (downtown) Library auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Galactic Cowboy Orchestra 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 www.peoriacac.org

Friday Night Live! will take place at The Fieldhouse in Campustown with The Future Funk All Stars on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

A Gilbert and Sullivan Spoof of Victorian Manners will be presented at the Dingledine Music Center on the Bradley University campus on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students. First performed on April 23, 1881, this rollicking operetta pokes fun at the aesthetic craze of late 19th century England. Performed by Bradley University’s Opera Workshop, under the direction of Kerry Walters, and the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Tim Semanik. Tickets available at the door. For more information, call 309-677-2601.

All In The Timing will be presented by the ICC Theatre Dept. at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

A Ladies Night Out will take place at California Style Fitness Studio (located at 4450 N Prospect Rd, S2 in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 8pm – Midnight. Take a pole and Burlesque dance class plus enjoy spa services, vendors, raffles & refreshments. Cost is $40. For more information, visit www.castylefitnessstudio.com

Membership Swap Weekend is this Saturday & Sunday and allows members of the Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Riverfront Museum and Peoria Historical Society enjoy a weekend of free general admission to all four attractions by presenting their membership card and photo ID.

A Lawn Mower Clinic will be held at the Exposition Gardens Textile Building on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm. The $35 fee includes cleaning the deck, sharpening the blade, replacing the spark plug and filter and cleaning of the mower. Drop off your mower in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon. For more information, visit www.cidga.org

Hollywood in the Heights, a 10K and 10K relay will take place through the streets of Peoria Heights on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Benefitting HISRA (the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association), cost is $45 through Friday and $50 on race day. Registration and more information is available at www.hollywoodintheheights.com

A Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday from 9 am – noon at Crossroads United Methodist Church (located at 1420 N Main St. in Washington). Activities include the UnityPoint – Methodist Wellmobile, diabetes screenings, blood pressure checks, prenatal care information, heart health information, bicycle safety, health & wellness information for all ages, games and activities for children and giveaways. For more information, visit www.unitypoint.org/peoria

Springdale Cemetery (located at 014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) Opening Day Clean-Up will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm to prepare the grounds and facilities for spring and summer activities. Volunteers are needed; work gloves and snacks will be provided. To sign up, call 309-681-1400.

Perfect Pastels will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Local artist and teacher Chris Holbrook will guide and advise as you work to create your own interpretation of the world around you. All skill levels are welcome; all materials are provided. Cost is $20 for members or $25 for the public. Ages 13 and up are welcome. Call 309-863-3034 to register and for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/495

Relay For Life of Bradley University will take place on Saturday from 2- 8 pm on the Bradley campus. Featuring live performances by Bradley University students, fun games and a Luminaria ceremony at 7 pm, for more information and to sign up, visit www.relayforlife.org/bradleyuil

The 17th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Honoring and recognizing those who are an inspiration to our community, cost to attend is $175 per person. To register, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Rockin’ the House Family Dance Party will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy dance performances from local groups including the Peoria Latin Vibe, Cornerstone Academy of Performing Arts, the Peoria Chinese Folk Dance Team, local school flag cadet corps and more and participate in the Mambo for Meals Community Line Dance, a flash mob style dance.  Desserts and soft drinks served throughout the evening: children are welcome. Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 if reserved in advance at RockintheHouse@yahoo.com  All proceeds benefit the Neighborhood House Meals-on-Wheels and Summer Meals Programs. For more information, visit www.RockintheHouseFamilyDance.weebly.com

The Eyes Wide Open Masquerade Ball will take place at the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water Street in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. An evening filled with live entertainment by the United Groove Theory, heavy appetizers, wine & beer and a cash bar are included. All funds raised stay in the Central Illinois Community. Tickets are $125 for a single ticket or $200 for a couple and are available online at https://squareup.com/market/centralillinoisfriends

The Northern Illinois University Steel Drum Band will perform on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the Mauer Performing Arts Center at Metamora High School. Admission is $10 at the door or $8 in advance. Advance tickets available by calling 309-367-4151 x574.

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

River City Blues Society will present Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin). Admission is $5 for members and $7 for the general public. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

The Songs From The Woods Concert Series will feature Chris Kastle on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). 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.

Trippin’ Billies (Dave Matthews Tribute Band) will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Music in the McKenzie will present the Roundstone Buskers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Named for Roundstone, Ireland, the hometown of the great bodhran maker Malachy Kearns, the Buskers play traditional and contemporary Celtic music.  Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

A Bradley Community Chorus Concert will take place on Sunday beginning at 3 pm at the Dingledine Music Center on the Bradley University campus. Admission is $10 for aults and free for students. Composers represented in the concert include William Billings, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Moses Hogan. The concert is part of the Music Scholarship Concert Series with all proceeds going to scholarships for Bradley music students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.

A Gallery Walk with Pixie Jacquin will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in the Permanent Collection-Folk Art Gallery on Sunday beginning at 3 pm & 4 pm. Learn about Outsider art with Mary Lou “Pixie” Jacquin, the collector and an Outsider artist herself, for a unique gallery walk of her personal collection in the “Witness to the Vision” exhibit. The event is free to members and with regular paid admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-863-3028 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/504

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to Beauty & the Beast at the Peoria Civic Center, Dinner & the Show “Tiptoe Through the Tombstones” for 2 at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre or 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game!

Scrapbook 101: A Crash Course to Scrapbooking will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) from 6 – 7 pm. Learn the basics of the supplies, tools and design principles needed to get you on the road to documenting your life stories. You will also create a layout using concepts learned. Registration fee is $15 and includes a page kit. Email speakeasyrenae@gmail.com or visit www.inkstamppaper.com/classesto register.

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $48 and $58 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Cabaret continues at Peoria Players Theatre at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and $25 for VIP seating and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will host a virtuoso cellist Mike Block performance at Kelleher’s (located at 619 Southwest Water Street in downtown Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Local artist Jared Bartman will open the show. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-1096.

Brad Williams 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 8 pm and Friday 10:30 pm 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 Change Up on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Art and Wine with Your Valentine will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. Make art and sip wine by the fire. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and this event is for ages 21 and over only. Wine, appetizers and photo booth are included. To make your reservation, call 309-579-2157 or email msauder@peoriaparks.org

Barry Cloyd and Friends will perform at the Songs from the Woods Concert at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Friday Night Live! will take place at Joe’s on Pioneer Park featuring Vinyl Tap from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Humanity Stew will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com
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Here Come The Mummies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Experience Romance Under the Stars at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium where you will take a tour of special places in the Cosmos and explore the romantic constellations in the night sky on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Everyone will receive a complimentary glass of wine and mini box of chocolates during the 45 minute presentation. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for the public. Advance registration required. Register in person at the PRM information desk or by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Get Covered Illinois Enrollment Assistance will take place at the Peoria Public Library in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Certified navigators and interpreters from Heartland Community Health Clinic (HCHC) and Navicore Solutions will assist individuals with applications for health insurance coverage. No appointments are needed.  Bring proof of income, employer information, proof of Illinois residency and full names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of those being enrolled. For more information, call 309-680-7621 or 800-772-4557, ext. 80588.

Super Saturday: Valentines will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. See what happens to your favorite Valentine’s Day candies when they are melted, dissolved and mixed plus learn how those blue and purple carnations were made. The event is free to members and with regular paid admission, which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2015 Peoria Heart Ball to benefit the American Heart Association will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The black-tie optional gala will feature a silent auction, dinner and DJ entertainment. Tickets are $200 per person. For more information and to make a reservation, visit www.peoriaheartball.org

Enjoy Valentine’s Day Dinner at East Port Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The 5 course dinner includes shrimp cocktail, soup, salad, filet mignon and breast of chicken, asparagus, raspberry cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries. Vegetarian & gluten free options are also available upon request. Cost is $75 per couple or $95 with wine service. Call 309-692-3990 for reservations.

Wildlife Prairie Park will host its 2nd Annual “Wild About Love” event with a happy hour on Saturday beginning at 6 pm featuring free wine and beer, followed by a five-course dinner, prize drawings, couples’ photos, live DJ and dancing. Cost is $50 for park members and $75 for the general public. For more information, or call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/event/wild-love

Bluffett Beach Party will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 or $15 for a couple or $125 for a group of ten and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony will present “Romance” at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $28 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

Bock Fest, a seasonal celebration of Bockbier and Bockwurst, will take place on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria). Full dinners will be offered for $10 for adults and $5 for children including a choice of two sausages (bockwurst, bratwurst and/or thuringer), red cabbage and spaetzle, plus a side salad with bread and butter. Dessert is available for $2 extra. Dopplebock Bier will be available as well as three other German Beers on draft plus German wines. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Bradley Braves Basketball will take on Loyola Chicago Ramblers at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Neighbor Love will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during the 2015 Adopt-a-Senior Valentine Party on Sunday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at Sharon Health Care Elms (located at 3611 N Rochelle in Peoria). For $20 per gift bag, you can sponsor as many seniors as you would like. All donations are tax deductible. To donate &/or volunteer, visit www.adoptasenior.net

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

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Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Greater Peoria League of Women Voters will host Andrew Armstrong, attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago at the West Peoria City Hall (located at 2506 W Rohmann Ave. in West Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. His topic is the new proposed regulations and what the states, environmental groups and industry have to say about the Federal Clean Power Program.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 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 Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center beginning 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

Greg Hahn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday 10:30 pm shows and $17 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Friday Night Live! will take place at Goodfellas (located at 1414 North 8th Street in Pekin) with The Future Funk All Stars on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit
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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Cabaret will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and $25 for VIP seating and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Get Covered Illinois Enrollment Assistance will take place at the Peoria Public Library in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Certified navigators and interpreters from Heartland Community Health Clinic (HCHC) and Navicore Solutions will assist individuals with applications for health insurance coverage. No appointments are needed.  Bring proof of income, employer information, proof of Illinois residency and full names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of those being enrolled. For more information, call 309-680-7621 or 800-772-4557, ext. 80588.

An African American History Month Celebration will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm featuring children’s activities, documentary screenings, theatrical reenactments, a book signing, a lecture on the anti-slavery movement and more. Admission is free including free access to The Street Gallery with the African American Wall of Fame & Story Studio. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria German American Society will host their 12th Annual Fasching Ball (Traditional German Costume Ball) at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 pm – midnight. Cost is $8 person and attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. There will be a costume contest with prizes and a cash bar. The West MacQueen Street Band will perform from 7 – 11 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) will host a Mardi Gras Dinner and Jazz Party on Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm and the Hill Top Jazz Combo playing from 8 – 10 pm. Costumes are encouraged. Featuring a cash bar, street entertainers, silent auction, gifts for sale plus an authentic New Orleans Cajun Style meal with Bananas Foster for desert, special dietary requirements such as vegan and gluten free are also offered.  Tickets are available from the church office for $20 or at the door. For more information, call 309-688-5608 or email office@peoriauuchurch.org

JazzFest 2015 will be held at Metamora Township High School Performing Arts Center (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm featuring the NIU Jazz Ensemble and special guest, Montez Coleman. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased at the high school main office or by calling 309-367-4151, extension 574.

The Chippendales will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $89 for VIP tickets which include a meet and greet. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

An Organ Concert will be performed at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm featuring Dr. John Orfe, Joshua Marck, Walter Stout and Sherry Seckler. Musical selections will include Bach, Dupré, Whitlock and others. Admission if free will offering. For more information, call 309-673-3641 ext. 113 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org

Bad Suns will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $6 with donation of a non-perishable item and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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Tom Rhodes 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 8 pm and Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2nd Friday Film Club will present Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) from 2 – 4 pm in the Peoria Public Library Main (downtown) Library auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located 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. 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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Girls With Guitars will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $22 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Picture Our Faith Gallery Exhibit will be open in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) beginning on Saturday featuring works of St. Philomena students through January 29. Scan a QR code next to each of the 200 works to hear the students talk about their artwork. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

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

Eagle Day at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Admission is free. Each year hundreds of bald eagles over-winter in the Illinois River Valley and this day is an appreciation of these birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Action Painting will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Suitable for all ages, participants will roll, squeeze, splatter and spread paint like the pros to create their own Modernist masterpieces. Admission for this event is $5 for members with a $15 for member family maximum or $7 for the public with a $21 maximum for families. 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A River Spirit Flute Circle will be presented on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 1 pm. Admission is free. Listen to Native American flute music or try your hand at playing: all levels are welcome and the circle is open to the public. No previous musical experience is necessary. Randy Starnes, a local flute maker and leader of the group, will have flutes for you to borrow or purchase or you may bring your own flute. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bradley Braves Basketball will take on the Evansville Aces at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Corn Stock Theatre will host the “FLO-ing” through the Classics: Family Fun Trivia Night and Corn Stock Theatre Musical Revue on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Centre (located at 1700 N. Park Road in Upper Bradley Park in Peoria).  Featuring old & new favorite show tunes performed by local performers, admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple and includes pre-show viewing of silent auction items in the dance studio, food and the show. Call to reserve your spot at 309-676-2196 with payments taken at the door. For more information, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present its New Year’s Greeting Dancing and Romancing Concert on Saturday at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Joan Hess & Kirby Ward, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Heritage Ensemble will present “Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah” 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 senior citizens $8 students and free children under 12 and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.heritageensemble.com

The Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show will be held on Sunday in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 10 am with runway shows at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 309-688-1411 or 309-263-8155.

The Old Men Boys will perform as part of the Music in the McKenzie series at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2150.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) will present “Modernism and the Art of the New Deal: The Federal Art Project in Illinois” beginning at 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is free. The lecture will be feature Dr. Gregory Gilbert, Art History program director at Knox College, who will explore the Federal Art Project which employed many of the artists featured in the Impressionism Into Modernism exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org