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The 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival will take place at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin tonight (Thursday) through Sunday featuring a meet and greet with CHiPs star Erik Estrada, appearances by Miss Marigold, live entertainment, Art in the Park, the 5k Run/Walk, sand volleyball, a rock climbing wall, a chalk art contest, a civic collage, a mobile zoo, a dunk tank, a carnival, a parade, wine tasting, a freaky fast pitch competition, kids activities, a cruise-in, a food court plus much more. For complete details on the festival, visit http://www.pekinchamber.com

Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be presented at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere, the Academy Award-winning team have created a retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. Adult tickets are $20 and $15 for ages 20 and under and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Common Place Family Learning Center will celebrate their 50 years of literacy, education and outreach to Peoria’s south side community with its Love in Action Award Reception honoring Garry and Denise Moore for their longtime leadership at the The Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 7:30 pm. Tickets are $55 and are available online at www.commonplacepeoria.org/events

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) 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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Preston Jackson & Friends 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. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

When God & Cancer Meet” will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette on Friday from 8:30 – 10:30 am. Featuring “Peace in the Face of Cancer” author, Lynn Eib, there will also be a free plated breakfast, book signing and Q & A. Registration is required and may be made at https://sprinklewishes.com/events

The 35th Annual Mossville Fall Festival & Art Fair will take place at the Hayloft Shops (located at Old Galena Rd. & Rt 29, Mossville) on Friday nd Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Enjoy skilled craftsmen, firemen’s pancake breakfast, food, folk music and a bake sale. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hayloft.shops

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place on Friday at 11 am.  Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  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

The Peoria Historical Society’s 6th Annual deTonti Celebration will be held at the Hotel Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning with cocktails at 5:30 pm. “Everyone’s Irish” is the theme honoring Pat Sullivan for his outstanding community leadership. Reservations can be made by calling 309-674-1921 or for more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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 with 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 2nd Annual St. Jude Harvest Moon event will take place at the Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Friday from 7 – 11 pm. Featuring craft beers, heavy appetizers, a raffle, cocktails, live entertainment and dancing, as well as an inspiring St. Jude patient story, tickets are $70 per person with all proceeds benefit St. Jude and are available at www.stjude.org/harvestmoonpeoria

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown will be presented by River Valley Players (located at 1301 2nd St. in Henry) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 and are available by calling call 815-663-7718 or online at http://rvphenry.org

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

John Caparulo will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $20. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and 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

Illinois Central College’s 37th Annual Landscape and Garden Day will take place in the Horticulture Land Lab on the East Peoria campus on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Offering a variety of special programs and activities specifically designed for families with young children, as well as the usual favorites for local gardening enthusiasts, this year’s theme is “Reclaim, Reseed, Regrow: An Adventure in Urban Horticulture.” Admission is free. For more information, call 309-694-8872.

The American Gothic Cat Club’s 41st Annual Cat Show will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. See a wide variety of pedigreed cats along with household cats being shown plus vendors with a wide variety of cat related items in addition to adoptions. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and kids 12 & under or $12 for families. Find a $1 coupon and more information, click HERE

The Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at Dozer Park in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 10 am with registration prior. Registration is free online at http://web.alsa.org/peoriawalk  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaWalk

The PNC Worldwide Day of Play will take place at Glen Oak Park on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Enjoy Daniel Tiger and Be My Neighbor Day sponsored by the Fred Rogers Group and WTVP, family-friendly activities, free entertainment, touch a truck, a children’s resource fair, a photo booth and bounce houses plus get discounted admission to the Peoria Zoo and free admission to the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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 on Saturdays. The tours start 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

Science Rocks will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Meet chemists and other scientists who will conduct activities plus galleries and public planetarium shows will all be free admission. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm plus an earlier cruise on Saturday beginning 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.

Junction City Shopping Center will present its 6th Annual Wine & Whiskey Walk on Saturday from 1 – 6 pm. Featuring a tasting “crawl” of over 40 wines and whiskeys to sample along with live music, art, games and more. Tickets are $30 and are available at www.wineandwhiskeypeoria.com

Heroes, Blues, & Barbeques will take place at the Peoria Chapter Izaak Walton League (located at 1125 Spring Bay Rd. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 2 – 10 pm. Featuring live music by Smokers Blues Band closing with PhanieRae & The Soul Shaker, J.T. Doubt from Snake Oil Salesman plus BBQ Pork & Chicken Legs with sides for $10. There will also be a silent auction, raffle, 50/50 and kids games and activities. Proceeds will benefit the Heart of Illinois Blue Star Mothers and The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1928805584029881

The 53rd annual Children’s Home Cattle Auction to benefit Children’s Home Association of Illinois will take place at Weaver Angus Farm (located at 6000 N. War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring Baseball Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith and Ryne Sandberg in addition to the cattle auction, the event includes silent auction, dinner, entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $100 and are available along with more information by calling 309-687-7215 or visiting www.chail.org

Party on Sun Plaza will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring gourmet cuisine from 9 of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers, live music by The BraziLionaires, Samba Dance Lessons, 2 drinks included plus a cash bar, tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Concert in the Vineyard will present Patrick and Swayze Band at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission 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

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Beethoven’s 9th at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd., Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38 for adults and $10 for children. For information or to order tickets, call 309-339-3943 or visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Light, Sketch, Doodle will be held on the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Sun Plaza on Sunday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Experiment with sun print paper, design and capture shadows cast by the sun, playing with colorful bubbles and painting rainbows. Admission is $3 for members and $5 for non-members and is available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument down to the Nature Center for a jam session. Meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. The Jam gathers the second Sunday of each month. For all ages. Free; donations requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Spoon will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. General admission are $27 in advance, $32 for the Party Pit or $47 for the VIP loft and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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