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Chillicothe Summer Theatre’s production of Disney’s Shrek the Musical will be presented at IVC High School (located at 1300 W Sycamore St. in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. With favorite characters such as Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquad and the dragon as well as Pinocchio, the Three Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. For more information, click HERE

The 2017 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor in Bloomington Tuesdays through Sundays through August 12. Shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline and I Heart Juliet (this show is sold out) plus The Improvised Shakespeare Company which is presented on Tuesdays. Tickets range from $16 to $49 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.com
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Bye Bye Birdie continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. When the draft selects rock star Conrad Birdie, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 2017 Heart of Illinois Fair continues at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) through Satyrday. Attractions includes the Galaxy Girl’s Aerial Thrill Spectacular, the Dan Barth Antique Medicine Show, a carnival with a wristband special with unlimited rides every evening, live music in the beer garden, tractor pulls, a demolition derby, NASCAR Racing Simulators and more. 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 Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Southeast Asia – Our Yesterdays and Their Tomorrows” at the Lariat Steakhouse (located at 2232 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) with a pre-lecture meal beginning at 5:15 pm and the lecture at 7 pm. PAWAC members Barb and Bernie Drake will take the audience on a two-and-a-half-week travelogue through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.  Admission for the lecture is free, however, advance notice of attendance is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

Firebox Bluegrass Band will perform at the Idlewood Arts Pavillion (located at 495 E Idlewood Ave. in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm.  Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

A State Budget Challenges Ahead Forum will be held tonight (Thursday) at Peoria City Hall in Room 400 beginning at 6 pm. Sponsored by the AARP, it will be moderated by WCBU Radio’s Tanya Koonce in conjunction with NPR Illinois’ Sean Crawford. Panelists will be the immediate past-chair of Illinois Partners for Human Services and Vice President of Government Affairs for Easterseals Central Illinois, Jim Runyon, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Peoria County, Beth Crider Derry and OSF HealthCare Chief Financial Officer, Michael Allen. Admission is free, however registration is appreciated and may be done at https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/18320

Preston Jackson & Friends will perform at the CEFCU Thursday night Jazz series at CEFCU Center Stage tonight (Thursday) at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free and underwritten by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Ryan Niemiller will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10 and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Women’s Ministry Rummage Sale at Pekin First Nazarene (located at 3514 Broadway St. in Pekin) will take place in the gym of the church from 7 am – 3 pm on Friday & from 7 am – Noon on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-346-3053.

The Summer Harvest Antique Tractor & Equipment Show will take place at the Princeville Heritage Museum (located at 325 N. Ostrom Ave. in Princeville) from 10 am – 8 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Featuring tractor displays, threshing and corn shelling demonstrations and more, admission is free. For more information, call 309-385-1916 or visit www.princevilleheritagemuseum.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and begins at 11 am on Friday. Their Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour will run on Saturday beginning at 11 am where you’ll learn the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, visit Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans, drive by the GAR Hall built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall.  Their Monuments and Landmarks Tour features sculptures and structures in both downtown and the north side of Peoria every Saturday in July at 1:30 pm.  All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  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 from 2 – 3:30 pm as well as an early cruise on Saturday at 11 am.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Arbor Creek on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 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 Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday and Saturday.  Featuring over a dozen of the competing BBQ teams’ best pulled pork, you can vote for your favorite to be the people’s choice winner. Tickets are $20 and are available online at https://events.peoriaparks.org

Keegan’s Crew will present a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $50 and include a gourmet dinner buffet with dessert. A portion of the ticket price goes to Keegan’s Krew to fight bullying. Reservations are required. For reservations and more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

A Country Idol Competition will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday from 6 -11 pm. Finalists from the pre-event video admissions will compete to win a $300 cash prize plus a five hour recording session. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids 12 & under to view the contest and the band Spurs and Lace. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance, supporting early screening and colon cancer education and research. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place at The Waterhouse in the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday including a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and the show following. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.HowlinOnWater.com

The Dash at Dusk 5K will take place at Unity Point in Pekin (located at 600 S 13th St. in Pekin) on Friday at 6:30 pm. Funds raised by the run will benefit the Seasons of Sharing Campaign with proceeds benefiting our UnityPoint Health Pekin Employees Mission Trip to Liberia. Fees to participate are $35 for the run or walk or $20 for kids 12 & under and registration is available online at http://dashatdusk.com

The Morton Public Library will host the Groove in the Garden concert series on Fridays at 6:30 pm in Hannah’s Reading Garden. In addition to a musical showcase, a food truck will be on hand.  For more information, call 309-263-2300 or visit www.mortonlibrary.org

Dumbo will be shown at the Family Movie Night at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located in the East Peoria Campus) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $2 per person and concessions will be available. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit http://icc.edu/arts

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Friday beginning at 7 pm and also 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

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.  Featuring live entertainment and a cash bar, tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 and 3 and under are free. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

James and the Giant Peach will be presented by Arc Light Productions at Illini Bluffs School (located at 212 Saylor St. in Glasford) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids aged 12 & under and are available by calling 309-455-4095, at the door or online at http://arclightpro.com

Trace Adkins will perform at the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn on Friday at 8 pm as part of the Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown.  BBQ Throwdown admission requires separate donation. General admission tickets are $22 and can be purchased at www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) with Dexter O’Neal & the Funk Yard on Friday with and the Rosser Brothers Band on Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria Riverfront (located in the 200 Block of Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) on Saturday and continues each week through September from 8 am – Noon.  Featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, plus local art, live music and demonstrations, for more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a Summer Paddle event at the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge (located at the intersections of Routes 78 and 97 in Havana) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. 10 years after its landmark restoration, participants will meet in the pull-off area near Hwy 97 to launch the watercraft. You may bring your own canoe or kayak, reserve a canoe or reserve a seat in a large voyager canoe (seating is limited). To register or for more info, call 309-535-2290 or visit www.fws.gov

The 3rd Annual Battle at the Ballpark, a CrossFit competition, will be held at Dozer Park on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost to compete is $150 per team. Admission for spectators is free, however donations are welcome and benefit Team RWB, a non-profit supporting veterans through physical fitness. For more information and to register, visit www.battleattheballparkpeoria.com

Sculpture Walk Peoria will conduct free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton every Saturday. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For special group or private tours at other times, call 309-676-2787. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Julie K will perform at the conclusion of the summer reading program at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-697-3822 ext. 14.

Superhero Weekend will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday & Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Kids are encouraged to dress in their favorite superhero costume while enjoying games, animal encounters and more. Activities are free with regular admission, which is $9.50 for ages 13 – 64, $8.50 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military, $6.50 for kids aged 2 – 12 and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Women Empowering Women Seminar and Networking event will take place at the Travelodge Hotel Conference Center (located at 4400 N Brandywine Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 5 pm. Featuring guest speaker Vivica A. Fox and other presenters on topics including personal growth, health awareness, financial decisions, education and career enhancements, tickets are $40 including lunch. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE

A Trivia Night to benefit the Clean Water Projects of the Haiti Mission Connection of Peoria and Hands Helping Haiti of Lacon will be held at St. Thomas Church (located at 904 E. Lake Avenue in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and include soda, chips and salsa and prizes plus you may bring your own snacks. To register, call 309-246-2752 or 309-682-1876. For more information about the organization, visit www.facebook.com/HandsHelpingHaiti

The Concert in the Vineyard will present the Bubblegum Jack Reunion at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Cover charge is $5 for adults and free for under 12. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. You may bring your own foods just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates for sale. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

SMD & The Underground will perform at Oliver’s Pizza & Pub (located at 1231 E Samuel Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SMDunderground

Honor Flight will host a benefit fundraiser at the Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W. Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring vintage songs, stories and sweets, admission is $7 for adults all of which will benefit the Greater Peoria Honor Flight. Donations of cash and checks will also be accepted. For more information, click HERE

The Peoria German-American Society Corn Boil will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 N Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. Featuring all you can eat sweet corn plus a pork chop sandwich, baked beans, and cole slaw for $8, 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

Peoria Players Theatre will host their annual Get Acquainted Meeting on Sunday beginning at 2 pm at the theatre. Learn about our upcoming 2017-2018 season with a brief preview of each show. Meet the directors and find out how you can get involved. Admission is free. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Call For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

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