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Erin Feis will take place at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront from 4 – 11:30 pm on Friday, 11:30 am – 11:30 pm on Saturday, and 9:30 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Showcasing Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink and cultural exhibits, there will be Irish bands, musicians and dancers on multiple stages, a vendor marketplace, and much more. Admission is $8 before 5 pm, $10 after 5 pm, and $15 for a full weekend pass. For more information, visit www.erinfeispeoria.com

The Color Purple continues at Corn Stock Theatre with performances beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday. The musical version of the popular movie, tickets are extremely limited and are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Annual Dunlap Days Festival will be held at North Park (JFL Field located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) beginning at 6 pm tonight (Thursday), 6 pm on Friday & 8 am on Saturday. There will be live entertainment by Jamm Sammich, a bags tournament, a carnival, a petting zoo, a beer garden & food, a pancake & sausage breakfast (on Saturday morning), crafts & vendors, a decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest & parade, face painting and more. For complete information, visit www.villageofdunlap.com

The Keller Williams Trio featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes plus special guests Old Shoe will perform at Peoria RiverFront on the CEFCU Center Stage tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the gate and are available online at www.jaytv.com

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

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm plus an extra early cruise on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at the corners of Knoxville & Prospect) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring all types of art mediums on display, you’ll also find interactive artists such as face painting, balloon artists and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com/events

Dinosaur Family Night will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Featuring a tour of the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibition, a maker’s space where you can try your hand at creating artistic sculptures and move-able models of your favorite dinosaurs, a fossil station where you’ll learn how fossils form and make one of your own to keep.  At the end of the night, you’ll immerse yourself in the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with “Prehistoric Planet 3D” in the Giant Screen Theater. A snack bar, photo-booth, and scavenger hunt will also be available. Admission is $20 for member families and $25 for non-member families. To register and for more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/588

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

A Salvage aRT Auction will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Salvage Art contains some component salvaged or diverted from the trash/landfill: any art media is allowed. Some examples can be sculpture, pottery, furniture, glassware, quilts, clothing, accessories, paintings & jewelry. Admission is $10 at the door and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Peoria. For more information, call 309-840-2457 or visit www.salvageartfundraiser.com

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday beginning  at 6 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/current.html

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

Central Illinois Food4all Food Drive, a community-wide food drive, will take place at all 12 Kroger locations in the Peoria area on Saturday & Sunday. Benefitting local food pantries through distribution of goods by Midwest Food Bank, participate by donating dry or canned foods or if you’d like to volunteer, visit http://tinyurl.com/CIFood4All2015

The South Side Stride 5k at Dunlap Days will begin at North Park (located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) on Saturday at 8 am. Registration is $15 for the 1 mile walk and $25 for the 5k run and includes a t-shirt.  For more information, visit www.southsidemission.org

The 37th Annual Zoo Run Run benefiting the Peoria Zoo begins at 8:30 am on Saturday with a quarter-mile youth run and 5K Grand Prix race though the Peoria Zoo and Glen Oak Park. Registration includes a 2015 Zoo Run Run t-shirt, prizes and post-race food. Registration forms are available in the Safari Gift Shop or online at www.peoriazoo.org and the cost is $25 for the 5k for members and $12 for youth members, $30 for non-members and $15 for youth non-members.

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

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

Bishop Hill Chautauqua will take place at the Heritage Association (located at 103 N. Bishop Hill Street at the village park gazebo in Bishop Hill) beginning at 10 am on Saturday and at 1 on on Sunday. Themed “Lincoln and The Civil War”, you will “meet” Lincoln, his boyhood friend Austin Gollaher, his law partner William Hendon, Elizabeth Keckley, a freed woman and first ladies’ confidant, and James Monroe, the Drummer Boy of Shiloh. Bring a lawn chair for this free event. For more information, call 309 927-3899 or visit www.bishophillheritage.org/news-events

The 9th Annual Morton Strongman Contest‘Muscle on Main’ will be held on Main Street in downtown Morton on Saturday from 10:30 am – 3 pm. The public is invited to view amazing feats of strength by dedicated athletes. There will also be food available for purchase. Admission for spectators is free.

The 27th Annual Duck Race benefiting The Center for Prevention of Abuse will kick off at Noon on Saturday with the race beginning at 2 pm at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria. A fundraiser for the organization, cost to adopt a duck is $5. Winning ducks are selected at random when the thirty-thousand ducks will race down a slip-n-slide along the street entrance. Prizes include a $5,000 cash grand prize plus gift cards to popular retail stores and restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse. For more information and to adopt ducks, visit www.duckrace.com/peoria

The Mulligans for Miracles Golf Outing will take place at Weaver Ridge Golf Club (located at 5100 N WeaverRidge Blvd in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Registration is $600 for a team for a 4 person Golf Scramble with dinner and music to follow, along with many other activities. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. For more information and to register online, visit www.risinuptothechallenge.org

Art-spiration: Be the Dinosaur will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 2 – 3 pm. This free family-friendly workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation, and imagination by creating your very own dinosaur costumes in time to visit Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 18th Annual Lobster Roast will take place at Angus Weaver Farm (located at 5806 W War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring special guest comedian Tim Cavanagh, cost is $150 per person.  For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Beers and Beards Beard & Mustache Competition will take place at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a full selection of local beer, a six category beard and mustache competition, local food and music, part of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Dog Park and Peoria Humane Society. General admission pre-sale online is $7.50 and $15 at the door. 21 and up, wristbands given at door with ID. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PeoriaBeersandBeards

The 54th Annual Peoria Barbershop Sing-In-The-Park will take place on Saturday at Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring the Pride of Peoria chapter quartets and the Bloomington “Happy Hour Harmony” quartet, admission is free. For more information, call 309-643-5658 or visit www.prideofpeoria.com

Comedy Rocks, direct from Chicago’s famed iO Theater Home of Long-Form Improvisation and Chicago’s Best Improv Comedy, will perform at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

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

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County. Admission is $2.25 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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

The Illinois State Fair continues on the Illinois State Fairgrounds tonight (Thursday) through Sunday from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Illinois State Fair will be held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds tonight (Thursday) with a preview beginning at 6 pm and runs Friday through Sunday, August 23 from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Super Saturday: Living Fossils Sharks & Gars will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount . Discover “living fossils” or sea creatures that have changed little from prehistoric times. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/471

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Footloose continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
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Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2015 continues their production of the musical Big Fish beginning at 7:30 pm in the East Peoria High School Auditorium tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7:30 pm.  The story of a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some.  His incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him. Tickets are $19 and are available by calling 309-699-7469 or visiting  www.eastlighttheatre.com
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Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Lake County tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm and Fort Wayne on Friday & Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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

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

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

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Richard II tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm, Q Gents beginning at 8 pm on Friday and Love’s Labour’s Lost on Saturday beginning at 8 pm all at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $20 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org
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Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.   Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rooster Alley on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

The 10th Annual Tower Park Music Festival, featuring a variety of music from seven bands, will take place from 5 – 11 pm on Friday and 3 – 11 pm pm on Saturday. Admission is free and features food, a beer tent and family fun in addition to the live music. For a complete list of performers and more details, visit www.peoriaheights.org/music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dinosaurs in Motion: Where Art & Science Meet will feature a guided tour of the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit at the Riverfront Museum on Sunday from 2 – 3 pm.  Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount plus a $5 additional fee for the dinosaur exhibit.  For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/587

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

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

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Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2015 will present the musical Big Fish beginning at 7:30 pm in the East Peoria High School Auditorium tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7:30 and at 2 pm on Sunday.  The story of a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some.  His incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him. Tickets are $19 and are available by calling 309-699-7469 or visiting  www.eastlighttheatre.com

Nana’s Naughty Knickers
opens at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The 10th Annual Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day will take place all day today (Thursday): for every Blizzard treat sold at Dairy Queen locations in Peoria, Bloomington, Washington, Morton, Pontiac and Canton, $1 or more will be donated to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Children’s Hospital of Illinois. For participating locations, visit www.miracletreatday.com

Exploring Telescopes at the Top of the World will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Giant Screen Theater at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6:30 pm. Planetarium Curator Renae Kerrigan, who spent 10 days in June exploring some of the world’s most advanced telescopes in the Andes Mountains, will present a free lecture with a Q & A session following. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

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

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present Illinois Central Jazz Train at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. This series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

Chris Kattan will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for the Thursday show and $21 for the Friday & Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You’ll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Library Con with Mario and Princess Peach will take place on Friday at the Lakeview Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 1137 W Lake Ave, Peoria) from 2 – 2:30 pm. Come to the Lakeview Branch to meet game stars Mario and Princess Peach.  For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 2nd Annual Back to School Bash will run from 4 – 7 pm on Friday at AlignLife (located at 4812 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) featuring free scoliosis checks, fingerprinting and DNA collection by the Illinois CHIP program, information on dental health, college savings and more. There will be free food and a chance to win a $5,000 back-to-school shopping spree. For more information, call 309-689-6200.

The Carol House of Hope at The Center for Prevention of Abuse will hold its Annual Fish Fry on Friday from 5 – 7 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 715 N 11th St. in Pekin) to raise funds and awareness. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and can be purchased at the door or by calling 309-272-2919.

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

Peoria Players will host a Movie Night featuring Frozen at the Theatre (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated and will benefit the Peoria Players scholarship fund. Pictures with Anna & Elsa will be available along with refreshments and all are encouraged to dress as their favorite character. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Friday beginning at 7 pm at St. Philomena’s church (located at 3300 N 12 Oaks Dr. in Peoria). They will also 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

Grease will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre in the main stage tent on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, August 8. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

Susan and the Scissor Women will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday at 3 pm on Sunday. A musical, the show features fantasy elements, time travel and sword fighting and is suitable for all ages.  Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. To order tickets and for more information, call 480-216-7605.

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

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

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

The Annual Rhapsody in Bloom Art Festival will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located in Glen Oak Park off of Prospect Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 12 – 5 pm on Sunday. At this celebration of art, music, food, and bloom, browse more than 50 booths by regional artists, listen to live entertainment, enjoy a diverse range of culinary creations, art activities in the children’s garden plus view the rose garden which is in full bloom. Admission is $3 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

The Fondulac District Library (located at 400 Richland St. in East Peoria) will host a Fun Fair on Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm to celebrate the end of the “Read to the Rhythm” summer reading program. There will be live music, food and activities for all ages. For more information, call 309-699-3917 or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org

A Minecraft Storyboarding Workshop will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public. Focused on ages ages 9 and up, participants will dream up their very own Minecraft inspired storyboards while learning about the basic structure of stories, exploring their own ideas for building a plot and sketching out their ideas with help from a local artist. For more information or register, call 309-863-3034. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

The Sound of Music will be shown on the Giant Screen Theatre on Saturday as part of the Movie Musicals Series at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens and students and $5.50 for youth aged 17 & under. For more information and for tickets, call 309-686-7000 or to buy online, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2015 St. Jude Telethon will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 6:30 pm to Midnight. The runner’s parade welcoming participants from all 38 runs, including the Memphis to Peoria Run, will be held from 6:30 to 7 pm and the telethon continues with VIPs manning the phones. The telethon will be broadcast live on WEEK-TV. For more information, visit www.stjuderuns.org

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

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

Heartache Tonight will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A tribute to the Eagles featuring all the classic songs from the great rock band, admission is $7 For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Motion City Soundtrack with The Spill Canvas and Sorority Noise will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 – $99 with a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German American Society will host the annual Bratfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm. Admission and parking are free. A traditional German Picnic held in a beautiful tree covered biergarten, for more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

House Tours will take place at the Pettingill-Morron House (located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) and the Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE. Glen Oak Ave.) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and teens ($10 each to tour both historic homes in 1 day), and $3 for children 4-12. Step back into the past and view “A Century of Beautiful Brides”, wedding fashions, finery and portraitures from 1870-1970 at the Flanagan House Museum or experience “Miss Morron’s World Travels” at the Pettnegill-Morron House Museum. For more information visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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A Dinosaur Egg Hunt will take place in conjunction with the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Families are welcome to search the Sun Plaza for dinosaur eggs and then become paleontologists as you work together to excavate the treasure inside. Admission is a donation of any size to participate in this event with proceeds going towards funding similar programs. Regular admission still applies to visit the museum, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus a $5 additional fee for the dinosaur exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Heart of Illinois Fair continues through Saturday at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria).  Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, and a petting zoo. 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

The Secret Garden continues at Corn Stock Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Featuring guest artist and Peoria native, Bart Shatto, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present Four Other Brothers at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. This series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920′s to the present; it entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Running on Saturdays in July beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in July beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub also.  Cost for each tour is $15 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place running from 11 am – 12:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus a cash bar is available also on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Slide the City will take place from 4 – 11 pm on Friday and from 11 am – 6 pm on Saturday on Main Street in Peoria between Crescent Ave. and Kumpf Blvd. An inflatable 1,000 foot slip & slide ride will be the featured attraction at a block party which will also include games, food and music. Cost for the slide is $30 in advance or $35 at the game, $45 in advance or $50 at the gate for a triple slide or unlimited slides for $65 in advance or $70 at the gate. Inner tubes cost $10. For more information and to purchase slides prior to the event, visit www.slidethecity.com/events/peoria

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

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

The Penguin Players continues its production of Godspell, Jr. at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A collaboration involving Illinois Central College and the Penguin Project, the program allows young adults with developmental disabilities or special needs the opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-694-5136, at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Gala of the Royal Horses will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $78, $58, $38 and $28 and are available at the US Cellular Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Smokers Blues Band and the Bret Bunton Project, will perform live on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $5 at the door.  For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

JT’s 5K Run for Melanoma Research will take place at New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration is $30 and there will be a post-race party featuring a brunch at the restaurant after the event. For more information and to register, visit www.jts5krun.com

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

LEGO® Robotics Workshops will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Members of the FIRST Robotics Team 1736 will ead two workshops that will introduce participants to building and programming robots using LEGO® Mindstorm’s NXT Robotics Kits. Focused on ages 8 – 14, registration is $20 for members and $25 for the public.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 7th Annual Tractor Show will take place at Morton Community United Church of Christ (located at 300 N. Main St. in Morton) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm featuring vintage tractors. Admission is free.

The Spirit of Peoria’s Tropical Rock ‘n Roll Jimmy Buffet themed cruise will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 pm with the cruise from 8:30 – 10:30 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and is only for adults ages 21 years and older. Tickets are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com   For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

Motown Sounds of Touch with 7 West will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 10:30 pm. Admission is $6 in advance and $10 at the gate with advance tickets available at Emack & Bolio’s on the Riverfront and the Noble Center (located at 1125 W. Lake in Peoria) For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The WWE Summer Slam Heatwave Tour will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins versus Dean Ambrose, tickets are $18, $28, $38, $58, $78, and $103 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Peoria German-American Society Corn Boil will take place at Hickory Grove Park on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. Featuring all you can eat sweet corn, meals are $8 and include pork chop sandwiches, baked beans and cole slaw. Admission and parking are free. There will be live entertainment, soccer, bocci ball, a 50/50 and a children’s play area. For more information, call 309-691-3657 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Spirit of Peoria’s Sundae Cruise will take place on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy ice cream sundaes while Chuck Cunningham and the C-Notes entertain.  Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens, $18 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band will perform in the Starting Gate Banquet Room in the Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria) at 6 pm and the Old Style Sextet will perform beginning at 7:15 pm. Admission costs for members are $5, for non-members $7, and for students, free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Craig Wayne Boyd will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are free except for under 21, which is $3, but limited. Proceeds to this event will benefit St. Jude, so please only print what you will use, and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

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The Heart of Illinois Fair opens with a   Preview Night tonight (Thursday) called “Ride & Return”from 5 – 10 pm at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria).  The Fair officially opens on Friday and runs through Saturday, July 18 with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a petting zoo, the Rising Star Singing Contest plus “Semis and Songs” in the motor sports arena featuring Nashville’s Two Way Crossing will be performing immediately following the Semi Pulls on Wednesday night. 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. Save on fair admission tickets when you buy tonight at www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Secret Garden will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, July 18. Featuring guest artist and Peoria native, Bart Shatto, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

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

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. This free series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Community Children’s Theatre will present The Wizard of Oz at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm, on Friday & Saturday at 1:30 and 7 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens and are available for at the Noble Center (located 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria), online www.artspartners.net and at the door. For more information, visit www.cctpeoria.org

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920′s to the present; it entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Running on Saturdays in July beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in July beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub also.  Cost for each tour is $15 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus a cash bar is available also on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Taylor on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Penguin Players will present Godspell, Jr. at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A collaboration involving Illinois Central College and the Penguin Project, the program allows young adults with developmental disabilities or special needs the opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-694-5136, at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or online at www.artsaticc.com

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

The 25th Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Old Colony School in Historic Bishop Hill (located at 304 Bishop Hill Road in Bishop Hill) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is $6 per person. Featuring primitive antiques, folk art, early country, textiles, stoneware, baskets and more, for more information, call 309-927-3072 or visit www.sweetannieprimitives.net

The 3rd Annual Summer Vintage Market will take place on Saturday at the Sunbeam Building (located at the corners of Main & Sheridan in Peoria) from 9 am – 4 pm. The street event will feature vintage vendors, local music and food plus the work of a variety of art studios. Admission is free.

Morton Muddy Madness for St. Jude will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm at Westwood Park (located at 2232 E Veterans Rd. in Morton). Kids from 4 – 9 years of age can run, jump and get muddy on this 9 obstacle course. Registration is $20 per child or $50 per child and event t-shirt (or do fundraising of at least $30 to receive a t-shirt). For more information and to register, visit www.kidsmuddymadness.com

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

The Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit opens on Saturday and will run through October 4 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. An interactive exhibition for visitors of all ages, it’s a blend of art, science and innovation. Featuring 14 fully interactive, recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics inspired by actual fossils: you control the action of the dinosaurs, including a 44-foot T-rex. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus a $5 additional fee for the dinosaur exhibit. For more information, go to www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org 

The Peoria Sunday Morning League will host a Community Baseball Celebration at Dozer Park on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. A community event to honor the group’s historic 100th season, it will feature a PSML Alumni Game plus a local celebrity softball game with Mayor Jim Ardis and Peoria Chiefs’ owner Rocky Vonachen as captains. Admission is free. A post-game party starting at 7:30 pm will feature live music from local band SideTracked plus prizes, raffles & more. For more information, visit www.psml.net

The 2015 Miss You Can Do It Pageant will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. A national non-profit pageant created just for girls and women with special needs, the event allows the contestants to make great memories, strong friendships, and a defining sense of accomplishment. Entry costs $150 per contestant and admission costs between $9 – $14 per person. for more information, please visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

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

Who’s Bad with Three and a Half Men will perform at Festival Park on the Peoria RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 in advance available at the Noble Center or Emack & Bolio’s or $13 at the gate. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm featuring the music of Pink Floyd.  The 6 pm show will include music from the album The Dark Side of the Moon and the 7 pm show will include music from the album The Wall. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/543

Jeff Gordon will perform at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. He will perform country, 50/60′s hits, rock & roll, Elvis, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin plus Tom Jones. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Annual St. Jude Shrimp & Corn Boil will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Adult meals are $12 and include jumbo shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, new potatoes and water or iced tea. Kids meals are $5 and include a hot dog, chips & drink. Carry outs are also available. A raffle, 50-50 drawing & cash bar will also be available. Proceeds benefit St. Jude.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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