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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The East Peoria Carnival will feature rides, games and food in the parking lot at the Festival Building (located at 2200 E. Washington St. in East Peoria). Hours are 5 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday), 5 – 10 pm on Friday and 1 – 10 pm on Saturday. Individual ride tickets cost $1.25 each. A family pack of 20 tickets for $20 will be available. All rides take two or more tickets. Wristband days are from 5 – 9 pm on Thursday and 1 – 5 pm on Saturday where for $20, you’ll get unlimited carnival rides. Proceeds from the carnival will be donated to the Nativity Display Association, which erects and maintains the Narrated Nativity display in the Festival of Lights. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/EPCityGovernment?fref=ts

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

The Junior League of Peoria will host a Summer Social at the Ballance-Herschel House (located at 256 NE Randolph, Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Admission is free, however, please register by calling 309-685-9312 or send an email to juniorleagueofpeoria@gmail.com  For more information, visit www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org

Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington beginning at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 7 pm on Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and Kane County on Sunday at 6 pm all at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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David Alan Grier will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $23 for the Thursday & Friday 10:30 pm shows and $28 for all other shows and are available by calling 309-673-5853. For more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Enjoy a Barn Dance at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Dance to the lively music of the Rusty Pickup String Band, with Emmy Holmes-Hicks on fiddle and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze. First-time dancers and families are welcome and no partner is needed. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-868-7163 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Corn Stock Theatre will open its 2014 season with Funny Girl at their main stage located in the tent in upper Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm Friday through Saturday, June 7. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com  Season tickets for all 5 shows throughout the summer are $66 per person and are also available.

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

The Family House 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Fitness Walk and Children’s Fun Run will take place at The Clubs at River City (located at 8603 M. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am followed by a pizza party. Held in memory of Carolyn Mannlein, the 5K Run registration fee is $35, the Fitness Walk is $30 and the children’s events are $10 and registration along with more information is available online at https://familyhousepeoria.webconnex.com/race2014

The 1st Annual MDA Memorial 5K Fun Run will be held at Laura Bradley Park in Peoria on Saturday beginning at 8 am to raise awareness for the over 1,100 people fighting neuromuscular disease in Central Illinois. Cost to participate is $25 and registration may be made online at www.mdaevent.org/memorial5k

Learning How to See Photography” will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am featuring Mike Boatman, a nationally recognized photographer. A fun and interactive session that will offer insights on how to make what you see through the lens come to life in a photo, participants will take a field trip through the park plus get a friendly critique session. Admission is free for WPP members or $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens aged 65 +, $6 for kids aged 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. To register for the event, call 309-676-0998 to register or email samshafer@wildlifeprairie.org

Normandy 1944, which re-enacts the desperate days of Normandy, 1944 of World War II, will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday with public battles at 11 am and 2 pm plus a veteran panel at 12:30 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm with a church service at 11 am and a public battle at 1 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons, tanks and vehicles. World War II veterans are especially encouraged to attend where they will be honored. There will be transportation available around the camps for those who need assistance. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host their annual International Music, Wine and Beer Festival from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday & from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring 55 wines and 55 beers for tasting and purchase from around the world, you can also sample artisan cheese and confectionary chocolates. Live music includes: Cougar Bait 12 – 3 pm, Greg Williams from 3 – 6:30 pm and South Side Cindy and The Slip Tones from 7-11 pm on Saturday and Johnny Quest from 12 – 3 pm and Colt 45 and Johnny Walker from 3 – 6 pm on Sunday. Admission for those age 21 and over is $10 per person and the price includes a souvenir wine glass and five tasting tickets, with additional tickets available for $1 each. Kids under 12 are free and ages 13-20 are $5 per person for band cover. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will meet at the Speakeasy Art Center of Pekin on Saturday  beginning at 6 pm and will feature John VanDerVoorn of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and owner of Aqua Dive School in Morton discussing scientific aspects of scuba diving and marine life. Admission is free and open to all, with snacks and coffee provided. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

Noche de Fiesta will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday with Salsa dancing lessons from 7 – 8 pm and music and dancing will take place from 8 – 11 pm. Music will be provided by Angel Melendez & 911 Mambo Orchestra, as well as DJ Caballero El Dueno de la Salsa. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Hispanic Group. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and student tickets are $10 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Victorious Beethoven” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring soloists Sarah Gentry, Barbara Hedlund, John Dee and Michael Dicker, tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students and are available by calling 309-444-3888, at Kidder Music in Peoria or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS on Saturday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Fine Art of Hospitality – Celebrating Brides will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage wedding gowns and other wedding pieces from the Reynolds/Morron family, the dining room table set for a wedding shower. Experience entertaining in a Victorian era home and The Fine Art of Hospitality by Miss Jean Morron and her staff.
In the Good Old Summertime will take place at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) also on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring a nostalgic photo exhibit with historical summer scenes and activities in old Peoria including displays of early swimsuits, delicate white Edwardian lawn dresses, vintage tools plus sports and river life.  Admission for each tour is $7 for adults & $3 for children ages 4-12 or $10 for adults for both House Museums in one day. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Mindless Behavior and the OMG Girlz will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $45.50 and $40.50 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

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A benefit concert for Midwest Food Bank featuring the Legacy Five Gospel Quartet and The Collingsworth Family will be held tonight (Thursdy) beginning at 6 pm at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 North Heinz Lane in Edwards). Tickets are $20, children 15 and under are free with a paying adult, and are available at Midwest Food Bank (located at 9005 North Industrial Road in Peoria), Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore in Peoria and Bloomington and Bethany Baptist Church. For more information, call 309-691-5270 or 309-243-5446.

Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm, Friday at 11 am, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

The 4th Annual Mike Seneca Golf Classic will take place on Friday at WeaverRidge Golf Course with two flights: one at 7:30 am and at 1 pm. benefits the Hult Center for Healthy Living cancer programs, in memory of Mike Seneca, cost for an individual golfer is $125 or $500 for a foursome and includes golfing and a cart, driving range, lunch and a golfer gift. Register at www.hulthealthy.org

First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University in Peoria) will host a Garage Sale from 8 am – 4 pm on Friday and from 8 am – Noon on Saturday. For more information, call 309-692-1420.

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

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

Play for the Promise will take place on Saturday at Brewer’s Distributing from 6 – 10 pm to help send a student to ICC for free. Tickets are $40 and $100 work of chips are available for $20 and are available online at www.peoriapromise.org  Participants must be 21 and over and will play craps, blackjack and roulette and all chips are traded in for raffle tickets at the end of the night.

The X Rocks Spring Fling Concert will be held on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Adelita’s Way and The Pretty Reckless, tickets are $32.50 and $42.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Ordinary Days will be presented by Arc Light Theatre at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S Main St. in downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating and area available by calling 309-455-4095 or or visiting www.arclightprods.com

Let’s Face the Music & Dance, a ballroom and Latin dance, will be held at Countryside Banquet Hall (located at 659 School Street in Washington) on Friday from 7:30 – 11 pm. Featuring Ed & Judy Howard SIX Band featuring swing, foxtrot, waltz, nightclub two step, rumbas and cha-cha. Cost is $10 per person which includes admission and a chance of winning door prizes. Cash bar will be available. For more information, call 309-573-3822,

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with an optional Craft Beer Tasting on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday. Live entertainment is included plus a cash bar is available with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For the Craft Beer Tasting Cruise, admission is $35 (must be 21 or over) and reservations must be made by calling 309-637-8000 by 5 pm that day. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Way Down Wanderers plus Chicago Farmer, Art of III Fusion and PM Buys will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance online at www.limelighteventplex.com or $13 at the door. For more information about the band, visit www.thewaydownwanderers.com

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

A Craft and Vendor Sale will be held at the Franciscan Recreation Complex (located at 908 Sterling Avenue in West Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Find local arts, crafts, and home-based businesses on the front lawn, rain or shine. For more information, call 309-677-6705 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Wildlife Mountain Bike Breakout Bash, a weekend for mountain biking, begins at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday at 10 am, the new Bison Hump Pump Track being unveiled to the public with an official ribbon cutting and demonstration. At 10:30 am, there will be a guided tour of the bike trails, and at 2 pm, the NMBP Kids’ Ride #1 takes place. The BP Wild Flood Scramble Mountain Bike Race takes place on Sunday. Register at www.pambamtb.org or sign up the day of the event. The mountain biking events are free: those entering through the main park area must pay general admission, which is $8 for ages 13-64, $7 for ages 65+, $6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under and Park members. For details and a complete list of activities, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Awesome 80s Prom will take place in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The 2014 Run River City Marathon, featuring a full marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5k, and youth run, will take place on Sunday, starting and finishing by the Caterpillar World Headquarters and the finish line is on Water Street in downtown Peoria beginning at 7 am. Fees to participate range from $30 – $100 depending upon the race and registration is available online at www.runrivercity.com  Proceeds from the race benefit St. Jude and Easter Seals. For more information, visit www.runrivercity.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host Carl Anderson and His New Orleans Jazz Band at Landmark Starting Gate (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band opening. Admission is $7 for adults and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free.

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

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

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

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

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

The 43rd Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held on Friday at the Memorial Arena at Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court St. in Pekin) beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for Therapists and many other local charities. For more information, visit www.PekinAMBUCs.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bradley University’s Department of Interactive Media will present “Routing: An Interactive Media Experience,” a one-day exhibition that is an immersive experience of sights, sound design, 3D animation and game design for all ages at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.  There will be a Wave Wall, an interactive light installation, an Interactive Media Colloquium, a chance to explore the trends of digital media, a Kids’ Exploration & Playworks exhitib with children’s activities, a student portfolio show and more. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boeing, Boeing opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm and the Quad Cities on Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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The Great American Trailer Park Musical continues at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 each and are available at the Eastlight Box Office or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

Humpty Dumpty continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center on tonight through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Rivals will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Dept. tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm at the Hartmann Performing Arts Center on the Bradley campus. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley Theatre box office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

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

A Greener Morton, a program of the Morton Economic Development Council, will host Electronic Recycling Days in the K-Mart parking lot in Morton on from 9 am – Noon on Friday & Saturday. Residents and businesses are encouraged to dispose of old or unused electronics at no charge. Lists of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found at www.agreenermorton.org

The Luthy Botanical (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) Big Spring Plant Sale will take place from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring new and hard-to-find perennials and native plants, ornamental grasses, and unusual tropical plants and annuals, top off your vegetable garden with the selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables. Luthy Garden members receive a 10% discount. Admission is free during the sale, however donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or www.peoriaparks.org

The 3rd annual “Purse and Suit of Happiness” Luncheon will be presented by the Dress for Success Peoria, a program of Peoria Friendship House, at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Friday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Tickets are $40 per person or $320 for a table of 8. Gently used clothing and shoes will be accepted at this event. To make a reservation or more information, call 309-671-5200 or visit www.peoriafriendshiphouse.org

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

A Keep Peoria Beautiful Cleanup will take place on the Rock Island Greenway and Rock Island Trail on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Participants should meet at the rear of the Peoria Heights Library (located at 816 East Glen in Peoria Heights) and wear sturdy shoes and gloves for picking up trash along assigned areas. Garbage bags will be provided. For more information, call 309-266-5085.

The Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) 50 Year Anniversary Hike will take place on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Explore natural features, wildlife and history found on the diverse trails of the park. For information and to reserve your spot, 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Annual Wildlife Prairie Park PowWow will be held beginning on Saturday at 10 am with the Bison Blessing Ceremony followed by the Feeding Frenzy with the Felines at 11 am and the Kick off of the PowWow at Noon. There will be Native American crafts, food, live demonstrations including drum circles, dancing and more. Activities begin on Sunday at 11 am. The event is free for Park members or $8 for ages 13 & up, $7 for senior citizens aged 65 +, $6 for ages 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under. Two-day passes for the event are available for 11/2 times the regular admission price at the gate on Saturday. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 16th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner : A Night with a True American Hero will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. This event will feature a presentation by a special guest speaker behind one of the most sensational global news stories of the past five years. Tickets are $250 per person and online registration is available at www.hulthealthy.org

For the Fun of It, the annual Peoria Riverfront Museum fundraiser, will take place at the Museum on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Play Xbox on the Giant Screen, enjoy 11 Peoria area caterers each showcasing signature cuisine, a strolling magician, a caricature artist and live blues. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple and are available by calling 308-863-3036 or online HERE. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will present “A Brief History of Embalming” at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free. Matthew Kendall, Mortuary Science Instructor for Carl Sandburg College is the keynote speaker and will explore embalming practices from ancient Egypt to modern day. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

The Rockin’ the House Family Dance Party will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at at 10720 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 10 pm. A family event to benefit the Neighborhood House Association’s new summer meal program to fight childhood hunger in downtown Peoria.  All ages are welcome to enjoy a salsa lesson, open dancing and music by DJ Ed Caballero and Beverly Caballero, dance performances by several local dance groups, desserts and soft drinks. Tickets are $5 if reserved in advance at RockintheHouse@yahoo.com or $7 at the door. For more information go to www.RockintheHouseFamilyDance.weebly.com

The Owens Center (located at 1019 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) 34th Annual Ice Show will begin on Saturday at 7 pm. Featuring National Champion and world competitor Max Aaron, ticket prices are $10 for adults aged 13 and older, $6 for children ages under 12 and $6 for senior citizens aged 65 and older and free for ages 3 and under. For more information, call 309-686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Heartland Festival Orchestra will welcome Barbara Padilla to the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children & students and are available at http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Spring Annual Dance Showcase will take place at Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 pm – midnight. A night of dance performances, open dancing, appetizers and desserts, there will be open dancing between performance segments, including Latin, Swing, Ballroom and more. Attire is formal, no jeans please and all dance styles and dance levels are welcome.  Advance tickets are $10, $15 for a couple, or $8 for students with valid ID through 4-23 or $15 per person at the door and are available at at Body Fitness. For more information, call 309-685-1950 or visit www.fitndance.com or www.peorialatinvibe.com

A Party for the Planet will take place on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). From recycling to butterfly gardens, explore what simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. There will be animal encounters, games and earth-friendly treats that the animals will receive throughout the day. Admission is $9 for adults aged 13 and over, $5.25 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65 & up or free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-681-3500 or www.peoriazoo.org

The Sun Foundation will host its Peoria Clean Water Celebration taking place in three different locations beginning on Sunday at Noon at the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with the Parade of Waters. A total of 5 events over 2 days comprise the celebration to encourage ways to learn to improve water quality, to think critically and creatively about adequate and safe water supplies and to promote the wise use of natural resources. The Clean Water Celebration is a conference for middle/high school students and the general public with keynote sessions plus smaller breakout sessions. For more details on the celebration, click HERE

The St. Martin Chamber Players will present a concert at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring epic music from two masters of the modern Spanish style: De Falla – El amor brujo (Love Bewitched) and Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez para Guitar, the featured artist will be Wesley Sedrel on guitar. Admission is free and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

The Orpheus Club Spring Concert will take place on Sunday beginning at 3 pm at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria). Featuring an all male voice four part harmony chorus, admission is $5 at the door.

WWE Live will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $18, $28, $38, $53, and $98 and at the Peoria Civic Center box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000. For more information visit http://www.wwe.com/events/wwepresents-live-peoria.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present the Bradley Jazz Ensemble led by Dr Todd Kelly in their monthly concert on Sunday beginning at 6 pm at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). The Bradley ensemble has performed at US and European Jazz festivals and will play a variety of popular big band tunes and swing music. The CIJS house band will open with a variety of jazz with vocals. Food and drink will be available. Admission is $5 for C I Jazz members, $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, call 309–692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Super Saturday: Fractals – Nature’s Extreme Art will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm where you will learn all about fractals, observe them up close plus take a fractal pattern home with you. This event is free for members and with regular paid admission. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Dave Chastain & Sue Schnarr Baker Fire Disaster Fundraiser will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2:30 – 11 pm. Featuring Dave Chastain’s DC3, Rooster Alley, Jim Davis Band, Junkyard Dogz, Robin Crowe, Bill Porter Project and Kickapoo Junction, tickets are $10 in advance at the Limelight Event Complex, Schooners in Morton or online at www.limelighteventplex.com and $13 at the door.

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

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Money Smart Week 2014 will take place throughout the Peoria area through Saturday featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout our community being offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes are being offered:  for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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