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The 2017 Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) with a Jingle & Mingle Cocktail Party at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. The Festival continues Friday from 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm featuring 80 already decorated trees and wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday decor items on display and to bid on or to purchase. Other highlights include a brunch, a family day, a Sweet Sundae Tea and a Wine Tasting on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm which is new this year. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. Admission for the Thursday cocktail party is $50, the Wine & Tasting event is $45 per person and $75 per couple, the Sweet Tea on Sunday is $25 per person and for the rest of the festival is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children aged 3 – 14 and free for kids aged 2 and under. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Rock of Ages continue at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursay) Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. A rock/jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s from legendary artists Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon and more, the show was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

A Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts continues through Sunday throughout the Peoria area. Highlighting the wide range of creative talent among women in Peoria, explore this special selection of visual, performing and literary arts events and programs. For more information with a full schedule, visit www.artspartners.net/ccwa

Ring of Fire will take place at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) beginning at 6 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and the show. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-367-4000 or visit www.metamorafields.com

Bullets for Broadway will be presented by the ICC Theatre Program at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for all ages on Friday & Saturday which includes a meal and the show and $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens for the show only (Thursday & Sunday) and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

English Made Simple & Other Short Plays will be presented at Bradley University’s Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts (located on the Bradley campus) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $5 for students and are available by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/theatre

CityLink’s 4th Annual “Day of Stuffing” will take place at Kroger (located at 801 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 am – 6 pm. Bring pantry donations or purchase items at the store to fill the bus with food as part of the 30th annual food drive benefiting Peoria Friendship House. For more information, visit www.ridecitylink.org/stuffabus

The Annual Motherhouse Fall Bazaar sponsored by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis (located at 1175 St. Francis Ln. in East Peoria) will take place on Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring handmade items and homemade baked goods including home-baked breads and cookies, fresh doughnuts, Christmas decorations, jewelry, plants, religious items and other handmade items, all proceeds will be used to assist the poor. For more information, call 309-655-3897.

Hometown Holidays will take place in downtown Morton on Main St. on Friday from 5 – 9 pm on Friday with the Christmas Tree Lighting beginning at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Vinyl Tap 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

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through New Years Eve from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show also runs daily from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. The Garden is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Barn Dance will be held at Shore Acres (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the band “Too Old to be Controlled”, beginners can learn the dances at 6:45 pm and no partner is needed. Admission is $7 for adults with a $20 family maximum. Participants are asked to bring snacks. For more information, call 309-274-5358.

Chicago’s Sketchiest Comedians will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm for $10.
Jim Norton will perform on Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25 or $75 for the VIP option which includes a meet and greet, preferred seating, photos with Jim and an autographed tour poster. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Hairball will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.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 Northmoor Primary School Vendor & Crafter Fall Event will take place at the school (located at 1819 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) from 9 am – 1 pm. Featuring over 40 vendors and crafters, admission is free. For more information, call 309-693-4435.

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Watch history come to life as Civil War soldiers prepare for their winter encampment. Living historians in authentic uniforms will use period tools and construction methods to build wooden shelters that will protect them from the approaching winter weather. Activities include mail call, drill and daily camp life. For information, call 309-682-1200 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. The show continues through New Year’s Eve Mondays – Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Featuring a variety of media and unique artwork, all created by local artists including original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 33rd Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown featuring floats shaped entirely from LED lights. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights

Lock and Key Burlesque will present The Low Down Dirty Blues at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 Main St. in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring vaudevillian style burlesque dances and skits set to classic and modern blues music, there will also be guest performances from Ginger LeSnapps from Ohio’s Cin City Burlesque. Advance tickets are $30 online HERE or $40 for tickets at the door.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Serenade for Strings at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 State Route 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $25 to $85 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Peoria Train Fair will take place at Illinois Central College in East Peoria on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring DVDs, videos, books, and photos, as well as many model railroad parts and supplies will be available. Tables will also highlight new and used items from most scales including Lionel, G, O, HO, N and Z. Real railroad memorabilia will be available including hats, shirts, patches, and pins. Sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, admission is $3 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RCMRRC

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 47th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place at Detweiller Park (located at 8327 N Galena Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday at 1 pm. Despite rain, shine or snow, the 4-mile run and the 1/2 mile youth fun-run that will take place immediately before, awards a trophy and a turkey to the top two finishers in each division. Registration is available at the Noble Center (located 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) for $18. For more information, call 309-681-2866 or register online at www.peoriaparks.org/running

Handel’s Messiah will performed at Grace Church (located at 1325 E Jefferson St. in Morton) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Performed by the Morton Community Chorus with piano and organ prelude by Dr. John Orfe of Bradley University, admission is free. For more information, visit www.pjw.cc/community-chorus.html

The Judy Page Project will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday at 7:15 pm. The house band will open at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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Addams Family the Musical will be presented by the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus at Eastlight Theatre (located at 1401 E Washington St. in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. It’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. Tickets are $11 and are available by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets

Spider Hill continues at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday and Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and Zombie Invasion paintball attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction or a wristband good for all three attractions is $25. A fast pass is also available for $17 per attraction or $40 for all three. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com

The Woman in Black continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.  A regional premiere, a young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals in this thriller. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

A Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts continues through November 19 throughout the Peoria area. Highlighting the wide range of creative talent among women in Peoria, explore this special selection of visual, performing and literary arts events and programs. For more information with a full schedule, visit www.artspartners.net/ccwa

Ron White will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $45, $55, $75 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Kevin Williams will perform at 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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am  And their Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years taking place every Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and 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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Lizzie Neal Band 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

Howl-Zoo-Ween will take place at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd, Peoria) on Friday & Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm with a Trick-or-Treat trail through Africa, magic shows and a costume contest at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $7 or free for ages under 1 year and are available in advance at the Zoo. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org/howl-zoo-ween

Glow Parties will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex in downtown Peoria from 6 – 7:30 pm on Friday and from 7:15 – 10:45 am on Saturday. Glow under the black lights with white or neon workout clothes during the party featuring classes, refreshments, a photo booth and prizes. Admission is free for non-members as well as members. Attendees must be at least 13 years old. For more information, visit https://riverplex.org

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours continue at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 6 pm on Friday at Noon and 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  Featuring live actors portraying six Peorians who were local celebrities and are buried in the cemetery, admission is $10 per person, $5 for for ages 12 & under. For more information, call 309-696-0956 or visit www.facebook.com/springdalecemeterytour

Spook Hollow with the M.C.Manor Haunted Mansion and the M.C. Nightmare will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a speed pass which allows you to skip the lines or $60 for a VIP guided tour. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Mens Club, for more information and to order tickets online, visit www.spook-hollow.com

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 7 pm. A collection of films speaking to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet, the festival offers ways for the public to get energized and empowered to work to protect clean water, wildlife habitat and our rich natural landscapes. Tickets are $10 or free with a $30 membership donation to the Prairie Rivers Network. Sponsored by the Heart of Illinois Group of the Sierra Club, for more information, visit www.prairierivers.org/wsff_peoria

The Haunted Infirmary continues at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 and up, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

Pekin Haunt continues at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Tasting Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring local beer, wine and whiskey samples along with light appetizers, the cruise is for adults 21 and over only. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or visiting www.SpiritofPeoria.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 Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte. Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.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 through October 28. 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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. 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, by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

JammSammich will perform as part of the Wildfire Concert Series at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 7 – 10 pm. Doors open and concessions are available at 6 pm for this family-friendly event. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information on the Wildlife Concert Series, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Mercy Me Lifer Tour will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $21, $28, $38, $53 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present a 100th Birthday Celebration of Leonard Bernstein at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38 for adults and $10 for students. For information or to order tickets, call 309-339-3943 or visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Peoria Humane Society’s 21st Annual Bark in the Park will take place on the Peoria Riverfront and Festival Park on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Featuring raffles, a canine carnival, professional photo with you and your dog, pawprint painting a kids activity center and a doggie talent show, advanced registration is $25 for 16 years and older and under 16 is free with an adult or $30 at the gate. To register online, visit http://peoriahs.org/phs-fundraisers/bark-in-the-park

Mariachi Night” in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month will take place at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. Peoria) during their block party on Sunday from 4 – 6 pm. Featuring Mariachi Monumental de Mexico and the Mexican Dance Ensemble from Chicago, the family friendly evening of music, dancing and culture will include Hispanic food available for purchase from local vendors. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.musicatfirst.com/mariachi-night

The Illinois Central Jazz Train under the direction of Larry Harms will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday at 7:15 pm. The house band will open at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members or free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) 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

The 2017 Peoria Oktoberfest will take place at Festival Park and the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) from 5 – 11:30 pm on Friday, from Noon – 11:30 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm or free for ages 12 & under. Mass on Sunday begins at 10:30 am and is free with a canned good that will go to a local food pantry. Showcasing German entertainment, food, beer and wine, children’s activities, carnival rides and a German Heritage Tent display complete with genealogy searches. Live entertainment includes Bolzen Beer Band, Spitzbu’am, Bavarski, Jonny Koenig, the Rathskellar Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, Vogel Musik, Al’s Pals, the Peoria Accordion Club, and area German folkdancers. For more information visit www.oktoberfestpeoria.com

The 51st Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival continues on the Jefferson School Grounds in downtown Morton tonight (Thursday), beginning at 11 am on Friday and at 6:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus food including pumpkin specialties such as pumpkin chili, baked beans, pasta salad, pumpkin ice cream, shakes, cheesecake, cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. For full details on the festival, visit www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

CASA of Peoria County will host a Recruitment Event at The Fieldhouse (located in Campustown in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 7 pm. Free appetizers will be supplied and guests are encouraged to bring a friend to learn more about volunteering with CASA. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

The 2018 City of Peoria Online Budget Challenge will be held tonight (Thursday) Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm .  Featuring a public budget discussion featuring an overview of the budget and the opportunity to talk to department heads, the City has also released an interactive tool that invites residents to experience the types of policy choices involved in balancing the city’s budget. The city faces a $7.9 million budget deficit for 2018 and residents are encouraged to take the challenge and provide their thoughts and feedback. Participants begin with the current deficit amount, which will increase or decrease depending on their spending choices; the goal is to balance the budget by best allocating dollars across city services. The online tool is avialable at www.peoria.budgetchallenge.org through September 20th.

Sicily & Wine Throughout the Ages” will be presented at Chillicothe Public Library (located at W Sycamore St & N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Dr. Kathy Occhipinti will lead the presentation where you’ll discover ancient grape varieties that are revolutionizing the way Sicilian wine is viewed throughout the world plus learn about the wine that Julius Caesar made famous. A wine tasting is included in this free program. For more information, call 309-274-2719 or visit www.chillipld.org

Don Barnhart will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm for $15 and Friday & Saturday at 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta will be open for tours on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 110 SW Water St. in Peoria) from 9 am – 6 pm Friday through Sunday, September 24. The ships are both caravels which are small, maneuverable Portuguese-built sailing ships and are sailing museums. The Nina is entirely hand-built, without any power tools. Admission for the self-guided tours is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students ages 5 -16 and kids 4 and under are free. Teachers or groups with a minimum of 15 people may schedule a 30-minute guided tour for $5 per person by calling 787-672-2152. For more information, visit www.thenina.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour will take place on Friday winding along Grandview Drive beginning 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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday at 2 pm.  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 John Miller & the Romaniacs 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, also on Friday, will feature 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

REO Speedwagon will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Party on the Patio will take place on Friday from 5 – 6:30 pm featuring Junkyard Dogz on the circle terrace outside of the theater at the Peoria Civic Center. Admission is free for this performance and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets for the REO Speedwagon concert are $49.50, $59.50 and $79.50 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Jazz Night will be held in the Broadway Lounge featuring The Nathan Taylor Trio on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $11. A dinner package is also available beginning at 6 pm for $36. Reservations for the dinner are required and may be made by calling call 309-494-9100 or online at www.BroadwayPeoria.com

Ryan Griffin will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday  beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.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

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 24th Annual Benefit Breakfast & Auction will be held at Snyder Village (located at 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 6 am. Featuring an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast for a free will donation from 6 – 9:30 am, a 5k Run for the Residents beginning at 7 am, a silent auction which closes at 10 am plus a live auction beginning at 10 am, admission is free. For more information, call 309-366-4116 or visit www.SnyderVillage.com

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 Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market will take place at the Casa de Arte (located at 306 Pecan in Peoria) every Saturday through September from 8 am – Noon. Find music, food and unique  vendors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TianguisPeoria

A Cemetery Walk will take place at the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Beginning at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 South Airport Road in Bartonville) with a brief overview of the state hospital cemeteries, you will then drive your own vehicle to the cemetery grounds where local author Gary Lisman will lead the guided tour. Admission is free, however is limited to only 35 adults, so registration is required. For more information or to register, call 309-697-3822 ext. 13.

Pioneer Days will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N. Taylor Road in Hanna City) from 10 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring a beekeeper, a barrel train, a corn shelling demonstration with an antique corn shelling machine, antique farm equipment on display, an obstacle course for kids, handmade animal jewelry, hibernation boxes for bears, crafts and more, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids aged 3-12 and free for kids 2 & under and WPP members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.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

Princess & Pirate Weekend will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd., Peoria) from 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Meet parrots and “dragons” up close, encounter a magic mirror, dig for treasure, “walk the plank” and more. Kids are encouraged to dress in their favorite princess or pirate costumes. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $6 for kids aged 2 to 12 – $6, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military and free for kids under 1. For more information visit www.peoriazoo.org

The 21st Central Illinois Black Expo will be held at Glen Oak Amphitheater and Lagoon (located at 2218 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm. Featuring exhibitors, a college fair, live entertainment by local artists, poets and dancers, a back-to-school hair cut-a-thon, a school spirit contest, a future CEO and business owners area for kids aged 8 – 16, a health and wellness fair with free screenings and more, admission is free. For more information, call 309-672-1374.

The 27th Annual Bikers Against Street Hunger event will begin with a parade of motorcycles leaving the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday at 11 am and will end at the Kingston Mines Park Pavilion where there will be music, an auction, a free bike show, food and more. A $5 donation is requested of each attendee with proceeds benefitting the South Side Office of Concern and Christian Civic Outreach in Pekin to help fight hunger and homelessness in the community. For more information, visit www.bashpeoria.org

Friends of Riverfront Park will host a Save the Park Fundraiser at Riverfront Park (located at the foot of Morton Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring live jazz by Dave Hoffman and Friends, folk music by Chris Stevens, Native American drum, dance and storytelling by the Eagle Ride Players and Friends, nature and trail tours and games and more. Admission is free, however donations are encouraged and will be used to preserve Riverfront Park for public use. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontparkfriends

The Delavan Cruise-In will take place on on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring cars and giveaways, for more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

Food Truck Frenzy will take place at Heritage Square (located at 4450 North Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 4 – 11 pm. Featuring area food trucks plus live music by Off the Record, The West Macqueen Street Band and Sun Stereo, admission is free with a canned good to donation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1778899715458546

The Boots & Lace Fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society will take place at the Farmington Moose Lodge (located at 1001 E Fort St. in Farmington) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring live music by Southern Cross, admission to the show is $10 or $20 includes dinner. Boots, Lace, Cowgirl & Cowboy attire is encouraged. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/280711202410435

Concert in the Vineyard will present Bubblegum Jack 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

Walk MS, the largest annual fundraiser of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, will take place at Junction City (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday with registration beginning at 11 am and the walk at 1 pm. Registration is free.  For more information, visit www.walkms.org

The 6th Annual Das Bier Run will be held at the Gateway Building (located on the Peoria Riverfront) on Sunday beginning at 12:30 pm. Featuring a costume contest, registration is $30 and includes entry to the Sunday events at Oktoberfest, a commemorative stein, and two drink tokens. For more information or to register, visit https://register.chronotrack.com/r/31928

Celebrate the Peoria Jewish Community and the holiday Rosh Hashanah at the Peoria PlayHouse (located within Glen Oak Park in Peoria) on Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30 pm. Sample challah bread, make a tzedakah (charity) box, join in story time and more. Admission is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and for ages under 1 and members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Making of an Illinois Independent Film: Real Prayers Are Said In German, a film featuring local talent and shot on location in Central Illinois, will be previewed at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater on Sunday from 4 – 6 pm. Tickets for the family friendly event are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for youth 4-17 and $5 for museum members. Tickets and more information are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.RiverfrontMuseum.org

John Miller & the Romaniacs will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday at 6 pm. The house band under the direction of Larry Harms will open. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Warwick-Johnson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3:30 pm. General admission standing tickets are $25 in advance or $75 for VIP Admission and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Salsa at Sunset will take place on Peoria’s Riverfront at Liberty Park (located at the foot of Liberty Street across from the Contemporary Art Center) on Sunday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring a beginner Salsa dance lesson and open dancing there will also be Merengue, Bachata, and Cha-Cha music. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Click HERE to Register to Win 2 Tickets & $10 in Blarney Bucks for the Peoria Irish Festival (Erin Feis) and 4 Tickets to the “Playing with Light” Exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum!

A Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will take place at Sun Plaza at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Monday from 11:30 am – 1:45 pm. The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 will be visible in a narrow path across the United States and in Peoria, the sun will be 93% eclipsed by the moon. Activities include looking through solar telescopes & pinhole projectors, astronomy experts available to answer questions, family activities, eclipse viewing shades & snacks available for purchase plus real-time streaming of the total solar eclipse in the Dome Planetarium. Admission is free for most activities, however regular admission applies to Museum galleries and planetarium shows (eclipse streaming is free). This event will be outside with limited seating provided. If you would like to sit, you are welcome to bring your own folding or camp chair. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Illinois State Fair continues on the Illinois State Fairgrounds today (Thursday) through Sunday from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission is $10 for adults (ages 13 – 59), free for children up to 12 and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60+). Parking is $5. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Regional Instability: The Legacy of the Arab Spring” at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Nathan Brown, Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $10 for PAWAC members and $15 for the general public. For more information, email director@pawac.org

The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz Series will take place at CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring Tom Marko’s Inner Light, admission is free and underwritten by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Jeff Bailey will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10 and on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Monuments and Landmarks Tour features sculptures and structures in both downtown and the north side of Peoria on Friday at 11 am.  Their River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive on Friday beginning at 11 am. And their 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 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

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 the Derel Monthieth Trio 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

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be featured at Family Movie Night in the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the ICC East Peoria Campus) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $2 and concessions will be available. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or for tickets, visit www.iccticketing.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Clinton Mariners Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, 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

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances: beginners are welcome. Prior to the dance, there will be an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is $7 for adults with a family maximum of $20. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Swing Is Back will take place at the Monte Cristo Room (383 Old Germantown Road in Germantown Hills) on Friday with a lesson from 7 – 7:45 pm and dancing from 7:45 – 11 pm. Lesson and dance are $7 for singles or $10 for couple. Dance only is $5 for singles or $8 per couple. For more information, call 309-685-1950

Railroad Earth will perform with Still Shine on the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate and are available online at jaytv.com/events/railroad-earth

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

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) with Kevin Hart on Friday with and Three and a Half Men 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

JT’s 5K Run for Melanoma Research will take place at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration is $30 for the 5k and $25 for the 1 mile run. For more information and to register, visit www.jts5krun.com

Hike for Hunger will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5823 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Benefiting the South Side Mission, registration is $20 for individuals, $50 for families and includes a t-shirt, hike premium and the opportunity to earn trail tickets for the prize table items. Featuring family friendly trail hikes, Fun on the Run inflatables, prizes, snacks and a silent auction, participants are encouraged to bring donations for the food bank and household items that will be taken to one of the three South Side Mission Marts. For more information and to register, visit www.southsidemission.org

A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Learn about the animals and how they are cared for by the zookeepers. Cost is $24 and includes zoo admission: registration is required. For reservations call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The 5th Annual Native Americans Speak event will take place at Shore Acres Park (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring the 4 Directions Healing Foundation and other Native American friends sharing culture from their tribal backgrounds. There will be storytelling, speakers, activities with the Pimiteoui Cultural Center, vendors, food, a pow wow with music and dance and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-360-4836 or visit www.4directionshealingfoundation.org

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 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

The 4th Annual Back to School Bash will be held at AlignLife (located in the Metro Center at 4700 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Featuring free backpack checks, scoliosis screenings and technology safety information plus how to use essential oils for first aid, facts about saving for college in addition to healthy lunch and snack ideas. For kids, there will be a bouncy house, tattoos, kid’s yoga, “Chiro Kenny”, free food and door prizes including a $5000 Back to School Shopping Spree plus students from Tricoci University will be offering hair styles, tinsel, and colored hair chalking for kids. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-6200 or visit http://alignlife.com

India Fest 2017 will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 3 – 9 pm. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing, fashion, artifacts, textiles, jewelry and culture, admission is $6 in advance or $8 at the gate for ages 11 & up, ages 10 and under are free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Delavan Cruise-In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring cars and giveaways, for more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

Concert in the Vineyard will present The Shake at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. There is a $5 per person band cover 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

Dogs of Society, An Elton John Tribute, will be presented by the ICC Guest Artists Series at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus on Saturday beginning at at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://iccticketing.com

A Concert Cruise featuring the band Still Shine will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Peoria Triathlon will be held on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St., Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 am. Including a 500 yard swim, a 13 mile bike ride and a 5k run, both relay or individual registrations are available. Early registration fee is $50 for college students, $60 for individuals, and $95 for relays with a maximum of 300 participants. For more information visit www.peoriatriathlon.com

Carload Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 9 am – 6:30 pm. Each car with up to 8 people will be admitted for $15 plus $5 for each additional person and this cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Pigs & Swigs will take place in the Peoria Warehouse Historic District on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. A street party featuring a hog roast with pulled pig, pig wings, bacon logs and more, craft beers plus live music from Ha Ha Tonka, Jeremy David Baker, Alex and the XO’s, Sarah & The Underground, Harvest Sons and The Underground School of Sound. Admission is free. Proceeds from food & beverage sales will benefit WTVP-TV. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1714551992180632

The Peoria Prowlers Roller Derby will host a Mixer at Planet X Rollerworld (located at 2075 Edgewater Dr (Rt 98) in North Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Skaters from the Midwest will compete in two games including junior skaters. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.prowlersderby.com

The Nathan Taylor Band will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday at 7:15 pm. The house band under the direction of Larry Harms will open at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Click HERE to Register to Win 2 Tickets to KC & the Sunshine Band or 4 Tickets to the “Playing with Light” Exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum!

Bye Bye Birdie opens Friday at Corn Stock Theatre (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) and runs through Saturday, July 22 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 will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) will take place Tuesday, July 18 through July 22. 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 ($15 on Tuesday-Thursday & $20 on Friday & Saturday), 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. Save $2 on fair admission tickets when you buy online or before July 17th at www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Lake County Captains tonight (Thursday) & Friday at 7:30 pm and the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, 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

Cousin Eddie 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

Johnny Lang will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm and on Saturday beginning at 8 pm.  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  For more information, visit http://illinoisshakes.com

Conklin Players will present A Grand Old Country Tribute at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington) at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) – Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Featuring the greatest hits of country music favorite all-time country hits from Hank Williams and Patsy Cline to Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available by calling 309-444-8222 or online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Andrew Frank 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 Newcomers’ Club of Greater Peoria will host a breakfast at Gebby’s Family Restaurant (located at 726 E War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights) on Friday at 9:30 am. Seeking to encourage friendships among new residents and promote their involvement in the community and its social activities, residents who have moved into the area within the last 5 years are welcome. For reservations and more information, visit www.peorianewcomers.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 11 am. 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 Change Up 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

The Morton Public Library will host the Groove in the Garden concert series on Friday 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

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

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream beginning at 8 pm on Friday and at 7:30 pm on Sunday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). 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  For more information, visit http://illinoisshakes.com

Brit Floyd will bring back the music of Pink Floyd at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $29 – $150 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.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 including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Hairbanger’s Ball will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Admission is $8 per person. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Color Vibe 5K will take place at Festival Park (located at 200 NE Water St. on the Peoria RiverFront) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Get blasted with color while you run followed by a dance party at the end of the race. Registration is $29.99 per person through tonight (Thursday) for adults and free for kids through 12 with a paid adult or $65 the day of the race with $10 for kids aged 12 and under with a paid adult. Proceeds from the race benefit Quest Charter Academy. For registration and event information, visit www.thecolorvibe.com

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 Camp Wokanda 80th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday from Noon – 4 pm). Enjoy self-guided camp tours, Camp Wokanda memorabilia and collections plus rent a canoe for half price of $5 on Saturday and enjoy open fishing on Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CampWokanda

Breakfast with the Reptiles will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, see the reptiles enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adult non-members and $12 for child non-members. To register, call 309-681-3559 or for more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Mini Golfin’ In The Wild will take place at Illinois CancerCare (located at 8940 Wood Sage Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Featuring a miniature golf course, family friendly games, kid activities, treats and more, cost to participate is $12 or free for ages 2 & under. All proceeds benefit the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. For more information, call 309-243-3437 or visit www.illinoiscancercarefoundation.org

Art in the Wild will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring a variety of activities and demonstrations such as a photography contest and seminar, airbrush tattoos, a special dedication of “Hope”, a sculpture by Charlie Brouwer, a beginner level painting class for adults and a kid’s art project. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children or free for members. For more information, visit www.WildlifePrairiePark.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 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

The Delavan Cruise-In will take place in downtown Delavan on historic Locust Street on Saturday beginning at 4 – 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

Three and a Half Men will perform as part of the Wildfire Concert Series at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Doors open and concessions will be available at 5 pm for this family-friendly event. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information on the Wildlife Concert Series, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/wildfire-concert-series

Theory Of A Deadman will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University Street in Peoria) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. General admission advance tickets are $20, party pit advance tickets are $25 and VIP loft tickets are $35 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Way Down Wanderers & Steady Flow will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm with Jeremy David Baker opening. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show and are available at http://jaytv.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Concert in the Vineyard will present JammSammich at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. There is a $5 per person band cover 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

The annual St. Jude Shrimp and Corn Boil will take place at the Itoo Society Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Adult meals are $12 and kid meals are $5 and both dine-in and carry-out will be available. There will also be a raffle, a 50/50 drawing and a cash bar. Hosted by Kroger and St. Jude Rides, for more information, call 309-566-3514 or visit www.facebook.com/events/369533583402947

An Art and Wine Festival will be held at Mackinaw Valley Winery (located at 33633 State Route 9, in Mackinaw) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm Featuring local artists showcasing their talents and selling their art specialize in oil and water color painting, wood, jewelry, metal work, ceramics and glass. Wine tasting will be available all day along with live music by Greg Williams. There will be a kids concrete canvas area as well as free face painting. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Enjoy a Sundae Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults and $16 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.

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

Richard Drexler and John Campbell will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm. The house band under the direction of Larry Harms will open at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The 2017 Steamboat Days Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront tonight (Thursday) beginning at 4:30 pm, Friday at 4:30 pm, and Saturday at 7 am. Featuring the internationally renowned Steamboat Classic race, a carnival, live music including Jake Owen, Eric Paslay and LANCO, food and a bags tournament, there will be a $20 unlimited carnival ride wristband tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 9 pm and on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. For a full schedule with band information, visit www.peoriaevents.com

Cats will be presented by Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday as well as the following Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm each night. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show is set on a larger-than-life junkyard playground. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

The Annual Mack-Ca-Fest Farm Days will take place in Mackinaw tonight (Thursday) through Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a pancake and sausage breakfast, Barnyard Discoveries, a craft show, a parade as well as food, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mackinaw.il

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council and Peoria Riverfront Museum will present a special screening of America’s Diplomats in the Giant Screen Theater tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm, followed by a discussion with Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann. The 2016 documentary film explores the history of the Foreign Service, the vital role it plays in shaping U.S. foreign policy and the security threats diplomats face abroad. Admission is free, however registration is encouraged and may be done by calling 309-686-7000 or visiting www.riverfrontmuseum.org

Mike Armstrong will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and 9:45 pm on Friday with $10 and also on Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am. Their 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 at 11 am (except June 10).  And the Naughty to Nice Tour every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm (except for the 10th) traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present including stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. 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 and Saturday running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An early cruise will also run from 11 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday.  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 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.
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

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 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.HowlinOnWater.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington on Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Tickets are $11 for dugout seating, $10 for field seating, 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

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

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 including a schedule of performers, 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

Breakfast with the Tigers will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, see the tigers enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adults and $12 for children. To register, call 309-681-3559 or for more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The 4th annual Stars of Hope Community Walk will take place at Oak Ridge Park (located at 1500 Cummings Lane in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Featuring a 2 mile walk, live music, family-friendly activities and a lunch, proceeds benefit patients and families affected by Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders through the OSF Foundation and Illinois Neurological Institute.  Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 3-17 and children under 3 are free. To register or for more information, call 309-253-0646 or visit www.facebook.com/centralilteamhope

The Kindermusik Summer Extravaganza will take place at Sing Out Studios (located at 101 N 8th St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Celebrating their 3rd anniversary, there will be activities for kids, performances by their summer camp kids as well as the instructors and more. For more information, visit www.singoutstudios.org

The Playing with Light: The Magic of Lasers, Holograms & Kaleidoscopes Exhibition opens on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and runs through September 10. Hands on experiences include trying to sneak past a laser light security block, stepping inside a giant kaleidoscope, “drawing” with infrared “paint” and making a powerful telescope. Admission for the exhibit is $15 for adults, $14 for senior citizens aged 60+, $13 for ages 3 – 17 and free for members. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Classic Car Cruise-In & Craft Show will take place on Saturday in the Levee District in East Peoria with the craft show from 10 am – 6 pm on the pedestrian promenade (near Gordman’s) with proceeds going to the East Peoria Food Bank. The Cruise-In will take place from 4 – 8 pm. There is no entry fee for classic car owners to display their vehicles. For more information, call 309-699-6212.

Ride for the Cure will take place at Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson (located at 615 S Maxwell Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday with registration and ride instructions at 10 am.  All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate. For more information, click HERE

An Antique Equipment Show will be on display along Main Street just outside the Caterpillar Visitor Center (located at 110 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/caterpillarvisitorscenter

Flynn’s Irish Dancers will host Fundraiser at Club Phoenix II (located at 4206 W Pfeiffer Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring a pulled pork dinner, there will also be a silent auction, raffle, bake sale, Irish dancing and more to raise money for new costumes. Admission is free. Dinner tickets are $10 and available at the door. For more information, call 309-303-9320.

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring live music, registration is free to display your cruiser. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

Concert in the Vineyard will present Jammsammich at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 or 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, but no beverages. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates will be available for sale. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Heritage Ensemble will present Juneteenth: An American Celebration on Saturday beginning 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

Backyard at the Brewery will present Matthew Curry at Peoria Brewery Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave in Peoria) at 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://peoriabrewingcompany.com

David Blaine will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $36 – $220 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by clicking HERE

A Father’s Day Cookout will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm. Enjoy a ribeye steak sandwich, BBQ pork sandwich, bratwurst, chicken legs, hot dogs and hamburgers, corn on the cob and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens 65+, $6 for ages 3 – 12 and free for Park members and ages 2 and under.  For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Twp Spirit of Peoria Father’s Day Lunch Cruises featuring live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes will take place on Sunday from 12:30 – 2:30 pm and from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for kids aged 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under. Reservations are required and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Todd Kelly Quintet will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the house band under the direction of Larry Harms opening.  Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

The Peoria Municipal Band continues with their 80th season of summer concerts at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. 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 Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum runs through May 29th. It’s an immersive, high-tech exhibit that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science. The foundation of all life: unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on earth. Discover what the genome is, its scale, structure and how it plays a role in modern life. Also on display is the George & Norma Kottemann Art Collection through July 9 as well as Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss through May 29. For more information about any of these exhibits, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2017 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues each weekday through Friday at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools with students from Pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties, a total of over 120,000 students will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. For a schedule of performers, visit www.springcelebration.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, 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 Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present A Necessary Good: Preventing Mass Atrocities in the Trump Era at the Ivy Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for PAWAC members and $15 dollars for the general public and free for students with ID. Pre-registration is appreciated and may be made by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information about the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, visit www.pawac.org

America’s Got Talent’s Drew Lynch will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $15, and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $20. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

City Cycle’s Grand Launch Event will take place at Peoria City Hall on Friday from at 10 am – 1 pm with the unveiling of the program at a kickoff ceremony. Featuring a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with remarks from Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus, Peoria Heights Mayor Michael Phelan and Enjoy Peoria President/CEO Don Welch, check out the bikes, learn about the program, learn where all the racks are located plus giveaways. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RideCityCycle

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crowe Band 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 from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday 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 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 6 – 10 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 1:30 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 15 and under and benefits the World Show Award Fund plus a selected Peoria charity. For tickets and information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Funny Thing Happened in Pekin will take place at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Friday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring comedy sets by Greg Batton, Edgar Sandoval and Jeff Govednick, there will also be a silent auction, raffles, a cash bar and a pasta dinner included in the ticket price of $25. For tickets and more information, visit https://pekinacademyoffinearts.com

Museum After Dark: A Fun Evening of Art & Science will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the PRM signature Strawberry Gin-etics Cocktail included plus light snacks, all supplies, a cash bar plus all exhibits & galleries. Experiment with liquid nitrogen, make stuff glow, create bug paint, extract strawberry DNA, visit another world through a high-powered microscope and more. For ages 21 and over, tickets are $30 for members or $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Buddy & Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll featuring Johnny Rogers will take place at the Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.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 beginning at 6:30 pm with a dinner buffet.   Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.howlnonwater.com

A Beer & Whiskey Tasting Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Featuring Americana style music and light appetizers, a cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $35 per person for ages 21 & over. For tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 – $32 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.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 including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Skillet and Alter Bridge will perform at the Peoria Riverfront Festival Lawn on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Also featuring Starset and Syla, tickets are $32 and are available online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Songbird Mania will take place at Tawny Oaks (located at 715 W Singing Woods Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 9:30 am. Migrating songbirds come in droves to Tawny Oaks and early morning is the best time to hear their songs. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The RiverFront Market opens 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 30 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 8th Annual Camp Big Sky Fishing Tournament will take place at Giant Goose Ranch (located at 25369 N Goose Ranch Rd. in Canton) on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. 30 children and adults with disabilities will be paired with experienced tournament fishermen for a “Bass Masters” style competition. There will also be bank fishing, a pontoon boat, hayrack rides, lawn games and arts and crafts. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.campbigsky.org

A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Learn about the animals and how they are taken care of for $24 which includes zoo admission. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will take place at the Glen Oak Lagoon (located within Glen Oak Park off of Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Toss in a line and see if you can reel in one of the specially tagged fish to win a prize. Ages 9 years and under fish from 9 – 11 am, 10 – 12 years old from 11 – 1 pm and for ages 50+ and those with disabilities from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is free. Fishing equipment will be available at no charge. For more information, call 309- 688-3667 or visit ww

Pollinator Family Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in the main lobby on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Learn about pollinators from community groups including the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, the Peoria Academy of Science, the Heart of Illinois Beekeepers and more. Activities are free, however regular admission applies to exhibits, galleries and Giant Screen Theater films. For more information visit, www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Muscle on Main Strong Man Contest will take place on Saturday on Main St. in Morton from 10:30 am – 3 pm. Featuring various tests of strength, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Muscle-on-Main

The Beers and Gears Pub Crawl 2017 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave. in Peoria) with registration starting at Noon and the crawl from 1 – 6 pm. Stops include the Peoria Brewing Company, Fox Pub, Tavern on Prospect, Pour Bros Taproom and Rhodell’s Brewery. Cost is $20 or the donation of a new or used bicycle. There will also be a 50/50 raffle with all proceeds going to the Bike Peoria Community Outreach Program. For tickets and more information, visit www.bikepeoria.org

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring live music, display your cruiser for free to be eligible to win a door prize. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. 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.

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “New World” featuring Cellist Patrice Jackson at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children. For tickets and more information, visit http://heartlandfestivalorchestra.com

Nelly will perform at the Peoria Riverfront Festival Lawn on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Also featuring Juvenile and DJ McFly, tickets are $32 and are available online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 34th Annual Grand Tour of West Bluff Homes will take place on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Featuring homes built near the turn of the 1900s as well as the Studios & Shops at Main & University, tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour at any of the homes. Funds raised by the tour are used to beautify the West Bluff. For more information including ticket purchase locations, visit www.facebook.com/events/279690595790474

A May Day Celebration will take place at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. The German American Central Society will highlight German culture with a German folk dance, May-Day inspired crowns, a traditional German puppet show and more. Admission is free with museum admission which is free for children under 1 are free, $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for  senior citizens 65+ and free for members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Music in the McKenzie will present Random Strangers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2000 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation will host Presenting: Preservation at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. As part of National Historic Preservation Month, local groups will discuss current historic preservation projects, mission, goals, progress and support. Cost is $10 at the door which includes champagne and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, visit www.cilfpeoria.net

Terrion Williamson, author of Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life, will discuss her books at the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch (located at 1312 W Lincoln Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Williamson is a Peoria native and Manual High School alum and will share her thoughts about black female iconography. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2141.

Sacred Sonatas will be presented by Dr. John Orfe at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Selections of Sacred Sonatas on piano will feature works by Medtner, Liszt, Franck, and Beethoven. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org

The Brazilionaires will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday at 6 pm with the Society House Band opening. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-243-1582 or visit www.cijs.org

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Ghost the Musical will be presented at Eastlight Theatre (located in the East Peoria High School Auditorium) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday as well as next Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm. The musical version of the popular movie, the show is a regional premiere. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

The Peoria Sister Cities International Night will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a raffle, food samples from each of the 4 Peoria sister cities in addition to music, admission is $5 per person at the door.  Food tickets are $1 each at the door for samples which vary in cost from 1 – 3 food tickets per item.  For more information, visit http://sistercitiesofpeoria.org

The 2017 St Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view for it’s final weekend this Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm through the final drawing on Sunday.  A total of 7,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each to win the home valued at $365,000 with all proceeds benefiting the organization to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Other raffle prizes will also be awarded include a car, a diamond necklace, furniture and groceries. For full details on the home, the raffle and the open houses, visit www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/peoria.html

The 18th District Congressional Art Show will take place at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) 9 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday through April 28. High School students’ work will be displayed and the first place winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Suburbia continues at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.icc.edu/arts/events

Ben Moore will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $10, and Friday at 7:30 pm for $15.
Myq Kaplan will perform for one night only on Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15. For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Twelfth Night will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and Bradley staff and faculty and $5 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://bradley.edu/theatre

The Hearts at Home Conference, Breathe, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 8:30 am each day.  Featuring workshops, speakers and entertainment specifically for Moms, one day conference tickets for Friday or Saturday are $135 and two day conference tickets are $190.  The Mom’s Night Out concert is $15 with a conference admission of $20 without the conference on Friday night beginning at 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information, visit www.heartsathome.org

The 2017 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held each weekday through May 19 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools and students in Pre-K -12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 120,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. For a schedule of performers, visit www.springcelebration.org

Hands Across the Courthouse will take place at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this is the 10th year that Youth Services Network Panel has hosted the event to draw attention to the 951 pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County. Participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

Actress Karan Kendrick will speak in conjunction with the two showings of the movie, “Hidden Figures”, at the Giant Screen Theatre at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 4 pm & 7 pm. Appearing in the movie, Kendrick will speak at both screenings. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The SAMS 7th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Friday from 4:30 – 8 pm. Including dozens of beer and wine samples from numerous local distributors and wineries, appetizers, entertainment, raffles, merchandise, a silent auction and a souvenir glass, admission is $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.samsrescue.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Taylor 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 featuring a dance lesson will also take place 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 Carol Woods Ain’t We Got Fun Cabaret Performance will take place at the Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday with dinner beginning at 6 pm and the show starting at 8 pm. Featuring the music of Richard A. Whiting, tickets are $33 for the show or $58 for dinner and show. For tickets and more information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.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 including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Money Smart Week 2017 will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning on Saturday and running through April 30th featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout our community being offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes are being offered. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MSWPeoria

The 2017 Peoria Area Military Retiree Appreciation Day will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7:15 am – 2 pm. This event brings resources together to update and inform retired and pre-retired military members from all branches of service, including widow(ers) and spouses of retirees. RSVP HERE.  For more information, click HERE

The 2nd Annual CIMKF 5 K Race and Walk will take place at the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration is $30. For registration or more information, visit www.cimkf.org

The Spring Used Book Sale will take place at the Noble Center in Lakeview Park (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday from Noon – 5 pm and Monday Noon – 7 pm. Get the best selection of books on opening day, 50% off any purchase on Sunday and 75% off any purchase on Monday. For more information, call 309-682-1200.

The 13th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy live music, great local food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids’ crafts and face painting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Conservation in Action April Junior Naturalist program will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday 1 – 4 pm. Cost is $10 per child or $6 per member child, parents are $3 or free for parent members. Registration is required and can be done by calling 309-676-0998 ext 312 or visiting www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 25th Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring hundreds of quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Saturday from 2 – 8 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world plus enjoy live music. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com

Puttin’ For A Purpose will take place at Par-A-Dice Casino (located at 21 Blackjack Boulevard in East Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Interact with the program staff of the Children’s Home Association of Illinois and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Peoria, while making your way through a one of a kind miniature golf course. Also featuring live music, drinks, silent auction and more, tickets are $100 per person and are available by calling 309-687-7215.

Voices of Light will be presented at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm with a reception and silent auction. Featuring the Peoria International Choir and soloists, led by Musical Director Masako Johnson, there will include video and imagery on the screen. Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Gerard Foundation, which supports schools and a medical center in the poverty stricken town of Eluru in the region of Andhra Pradesh in southeast India. Donations of $30 will be accepted as admission to the event.  To reserve your spot, call 210-585-7347 or visit www.saintgerardfoundation.org

The Damenchor & Harmonie Annual Spring Concert will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres with the concert at 7 pm featuring a mixture of both German and American songs followed by dancing to the Chuck Cunningham Trio at 8:30 pm. A cash bar and food will be available all evening. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at the Lindenhof or from any chorus member. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns to be presented by River Valley Players at St. John’s Community Center (located at 1301 2nd St. in Henry) on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 12:30 pm. Tickets for the dinner and show are  $35. For tickets and more information, visit https://rvphenryil.wixsite.com/myrvp

Pub Night Under the Stars will take place at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring craft beer from Peoria Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing Company and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, guests receive up to 3 craft beers & pizza included with ticket. Water & soda will also be available.  Tickets are available by calling 309-686-700 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Just Desserts, an interactive murder mystery, will take place at 1st United Methodist Church of Pekin (located at 1315 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 and includes a dessert and beverage. For tickets, visit www.facebook.com/ACTPekin

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears in game 3 of the 2017 SPHL Presidents Cup Playoffs (if needed) at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Springtime in Paris at Five Points Washington (located at 380 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets and more information, visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

An Author Fair and Spring Open House will take place at Her Majesty’s English Tea Room (located at 211 N 2nd St. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring authors discussing and signing their books, treats will also be served. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-243-8322 or click HERE

Party for the Planet will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring animal encounters, games and earth friendly treats for the animals, admission is $9.50 for ages 13 and over, $6.50 for ages 2 – 12, $8.50 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Holocaust Memorial Dedication will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday at 2 pm. Holocaust Survivor Manfred Katz will be the guest speaker. Dedication will take place outside the Peoria Riverfront Museumand a Yom HaShoah program will immediately follow the dedication. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Music in the McKenzie will feature Banjovi and Hawkins at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2000 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Danielle Hall Memorial Benefit Concert & Celebration of Life will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday from 3 – 11 pm. Featuring Easy Riders, Art of Ill Fusion, SMD & The Underground, Brainchild, Hippie Squishers, The Fourmula and Honest Guys, a donation of $5 at the door is requested. All proceeds will will benefit Project Emily. For more information, click HERE

The Orpheus Club of Peoria will present its Spring Concert at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 309-692-5330.

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

Prospecting for Water on the Moon will be presented by the Sun Foundation as part of the Clean Water Celebration at the Trailside Event Center (located at 4416 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday at 5:30 pm. Featuring NASA engineer and inventor Dr. Jacqueline Quinn, admission is $25 for adults and $15 for students and includes dinner and lecture or the lecture only is free.  Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-246-8403 or at www.sunfoundation.org

Triple Jazz School Night will take place at the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm.  Featuring ICC Vocal, Bradley, & Pekin High Jazz Ensembles, admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For more information, visit www.cijs.org

An Evening with David Sedaris will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $37, $42 and $47 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

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The 2017 St. Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view every weekend beginning this Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Sundays from Noon – 5 pm through the final drawing on Sunday, April 23 (with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 16).  A total of 7,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each to win the home valued at $365,000 with all proceeds benefiting the organization to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Other prizes will also be awarded from the raffle including a car, a diamond necklace, furniture and groceries. For full details on the home, the raffle and the open houses, visit https://www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/peoria.html

August: Osage County continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at Sunday at 2 pm. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, the show centers around the Weston family brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. Tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat while the family is holed up in the large estate in Osage County, Oklahoma. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for ages 20 and younger and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at http://www.peoriaplayers.org

Budding Artists from Peoria Public Schools will be on display at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St.) daily from 9 am – 5 pm through March 30. Featuring artwork from PPD students, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The March Madness Experience will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, on Friday from 10 am – 8:30 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 6:30 pm. Featuring family oriented fun, games and exhibits, admission is $2 or free with a game ticket. For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

The Central Illinois Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, an intense three-day event showcasing robots developed and operated by 40 teams of high school students, will take place at the Bradley Renaissance Coliseum tonight (Thursday) and continues at 8:30 am on Friday and Saturday. The competing robots are the result of 6-1/2 weeks of high school students and professional engineering/science mentors teaming up to solve the engineering challenges. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum for contested races for Dunlap School Board at Dunlap Valley Middle School (located at 5200 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 8 pm. The four candidates, Cheryl Bluth, Karen Disharoon, Christine Finlley and Abby Humbles, vying for three board positions will participate and answer audience questions. Candidates for three ICC trustee seats have also been invited to introduce themselves. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

Jeff Caldwell will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $12, and Friday at 7:30 pm. and Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm for $15.  For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by the St. Patrick Society of Peoria, will take place in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 11 am beginning at the corner of Monroe Street and Hancock Street. A St. Patrick’s Day Party will follow  at the CEFCU Stage on the Peoria riverfront immediately after the parade featuring Irish cuisine, live music, festive drinks for adults and children, Irish dances and family-friendly activities. Event admission is $5 for adults, $3 for St. Patrick Society Members and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call visit www.stpatpeoria.com

The IHSA Class 3A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 at 11 am and Game 2 at 12:45 pm. The Class 4A Semifinal Session will also be on Friday with Game 1 beginning at 5:30 pm and Game 2 at 7:15 pm. On Saturday, the Class 3A Third Place Game will take place at 11 am and the Championship begins at 12:45 pm. The 2A Third Place game will be at 5:30 pm on Saturday and the 4A Championship game begins at 7:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $11, $9 and $7 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday & Saturday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids ages 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock, by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Mennonite Relief Sale will take place at the Interstate Center Bloomington on Friday beginning at 4:30 pm and on Saturday at 6 am. Featuring fish, chicken barbecue dinners, rib-eye steaks, butterfly pork chops, barbecues & pork burgers, there will also be a Dutch Market and Butcher Shoppe, an auction, a pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday morning plus various booths and a children’s auction. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ilreliefsale.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Phanie Rae & The Soul Shakers 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 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

The Irish And How They Got That Way will be held at The Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning with a dinner buffet at 6:30 pm and the show at 8 pm. Cost is $40 per person and includes a special Irish themed buffet. To reserve seats, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The Lifeless in Seattle Murder Mystery Dinner will be presented at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $45 and includes 3 complementary wine samples, a buffet style dinner and dessert.  For reservations or information, call 309-359-WINE, or visit www.mackinawvalleywinery.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 including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

A Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale will take place at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – noon in the theatre lobby. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/peoriaplayerstheatre

2017 Membership Swap Weekend will take place this Saturday & Sunday. Members of the Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Playhouse and the Peoria Historical Society can enjoy free general admission at all locations when they present their membership card and photo ID. For more information, contact the individual organizations.

The 7th Annual Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Fair will take place at the Park Inn by Raddison, formerly Ashland House (located at 201 East Ashland St. in Morton) on Saturday 9 am – 3 pm. This fundraising event benefits Totes for Ta-Tas, Illinois CancerCare Foundation’s Breast Cancer Research Fund. For more information, call 309-657-0992 or click HERE

The Art of Seeing Seminar will take place at Illinois Valley High School (located at 1300 W Sycamore in Chillicothe) on Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. Registration is $85 and $45 for students with ID. Noted photographer and author Bryan F. Peterson will teach how to see creatively and discuss the importance of learning the tools of photography. To register or for more information, visit www.PeoriaCameraClub.com

The 17th Annual Cabin Quilters’ Quilt Show will take place at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd in Bartonville) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring quilts, home decor, wearables, door prizes and sewing demos and more, admission is free. For more information, visit http://gemsoftheprairie.com/events

The Autism Resource Group will meet at the Peoria Public Library, Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St.) on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. Resource sharing and support will be available. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2150 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

An Open House for the Rock Steady Boxing Program will be held at CrossFit (located at 5629 N Galena Rd in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 – 1 pm.  The program features non-contact boxing designed exclusively for people with Parkinson’s disease of all ages and levels of ability. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.crossfit309.com/rocksteady

The Corn Stock Theatre Get Acquainted Meeting will take place at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Road in upper Bradley Park) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. Featuring performers singing songs from each of the musicals to be presented during the summer season, meet the summer show directors to learn about how to become involved in the productions. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2196 or visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Twisted Irish Knot, Demise at the Irish Wedding Reception Murder Mystery Dinner Show will be presented at East Port Banquet Center on Saturday with a cast mingle beginning at 6 pm. A dinner buffet featuring corned beef, Irish potatoes, cabbage plus dessert bar and show are all included in the $40 per person ticket. Entertainment is provided by Die Laughing Entertainment. To reserve tickets, call 309-692-3990 or for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/dielaughingentertainment

Heartland Festival Orchestra Symphony Idol will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. LaKisha Jones, Matt Giraud, and Haley Scarnato, finalists from American Idol will perform songs in various genres. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for children and students and are available at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

American English will perform Liverpool Mania, The History of The Beatles at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Lord Blood-Rah’s Nerve Wrackin’ Theatre Live will be held at Landmark Cinemas (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Fearturing two classic zombie films”: White Zombie with Bela Lugosi and Night of the Living Dead, there will also be trailers, trivia, prizes and more. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2764161

The Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition’s 33rd annual FoodShare Canathon door-to-door collections of canned and non-perishable food items will take place on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. There will also be collection bins at all Kroger locations in Peoria, Bartonville, East Peoria, Washington, Chillicothe, Pekin, East Peoria, Canton, Bloomington and Normal. For more information or to volunteer, call 309-697-5762 or 309-696-0223.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr, East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 For more information visit www.artsaticc.org

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

David Hoffman & Friends will perform with the The Central Illinois Jazz Society at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Rick Springfield will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 – $65 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in upper Bradley Park tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday.  An emo-laced anachronistic rock invocation of the seventh U.S. President set in an alternate universe that draws parallels to today’s political/populist landscape, tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through 18 with ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Peoria County will present Preparing for Long Term Care at Heddington Oaks (located at 2223 W Heading Ave. in West Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Learn about what to consider when planning long-term care for you or a loved one. Admission is free, however registration is recommended due to limited seating. To register, call 309-690-6900 or visit www.icc.edu/acp

The Fantasticks will be presented at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 6 pm each night with a dinner buffet. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling 309-367-4000. For information, click HERE

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Seven West 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 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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night and also on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Loni Love will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Trippin Billies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Also featuring PhanieRae & the Soul Shakers, tickets are $10 – $15. For tickets and information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Peoria Players Theatre will hold its spring Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale on Saturday from 8 am – noon. Featuring unique clothing, items and accessories from all eras, admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

Painting a Winter Scene will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) in the East Cabin on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Capture the winter beauty with a warm fire and beverages. All materials are provided and instructor will guide and teach techniques to help capture a scenic painting with acrylic. Spaces are limited. To make a reservation, call 309-579-2157.  For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mrs. Lincoln Tea will be held at the Princeville Heritage Museum (located at 325 N Ostrom Ave. in Princeville) on Saturday beginning at 12:30 pm. A fundraiser for the Princeville Heritage Museum featuring Mrs. Lincoln in love, some of Mr. Lincoln’s love letters to her will be shared. Tickets are $15 or $12 for current H.A.P. members. For tickets and more information, visit www.princevilleheritagemuseum.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Evansville in the Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Cost is $5 per person and teams have a maximum of 4 players.  Teams can bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, sodas and bottled water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. Call 309-645-5054 for reservations. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Eric Paslay will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $13 for general admission, $20 for party-pit and $45 for the VIP Loft plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door. For tickets and information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 10 am. Tickets range in price from $19.50 – $64.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Train Fair will take place at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. A fundraiser for the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, the fair will feature operating layouts, swap meet tables, videos and more. Admission is $3 for adults and kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be available.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RCMRRC

A Bockwurst Dinner will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday from noon to 6 pm. Dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for children and include 3 sausages – bockwurst, sauerkraut plus German potato salad. Dessert is also available for $2.  For more information, visit call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Engineering Day 2017, a free day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, will take place on Sunday from noon – 5 pm. Featuring engineers providing hands on activities, exhibits, demonstrations, videos and more, attendees can ask professionals and enthusiasts questions, explore potential career options and visit the rest of the Museum. Admission to the Titanic exhibit is an additional charge.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

Derel Monteith Trio will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm with the CIJS House Band performing at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, visit www.cijs.org