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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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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play about middle aged siblings full of resentments and regrets that lead to hilarious confrontations but ultimately reconciliations and hope for their futures. 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 7th Annual Fort Crevecoeur Knap-In will take place at Fort Crevecoeur Park (located at 301 Lawnridge Dr. in Creve Coeur) through dusk today (Thursday), from 9 am – dusk on Friday & Saturday and from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Learn the process of arrowhead creation from start to finish. Bring you Native American artifacts to be identified by experts in flint knapping. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-261-4347.

A St. Jude Fundraiser will be held at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7:30 pm. Featuring a silent auction, door prize items and a dinner buffet with salad, several types of pasta, pizza, and an ice cream buffet, cost is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 6 – 16 or free for ages under 5. Carry outs will be available. All proceeds will benefit St. Jude. For more information, 309-692-3990.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) at 7 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

Jim Markum Swing Band will perform at the Idlewood Arts Pavillion (located at 495 E Idlewood Ave. in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and the family. Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz Series featuring the Derel Monteith Trio will take place tonight (Thursday) at CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free and supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present a preview of Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tickets range from $7 to $23.  A Saturday at 8 pm performance will also be presented where 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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place on Friday beginning at 11 am. Their Naughty to Nice Tour will run on Saturday beginning at 11 am and it 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.  And the Monuments and Landmarks Tour features the stunning 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

The 2017 BioBlitz scientific investigation will take place at Singing Woods Nature Preserve (located at 715 W Singing Woods Rd. in Edelstein) on Friday beginning at noon to document as many living things as possible in a 24-hour period. The majority of investigators will be from state agencies and universities, but the public is also invited to observe the survey and learn from nature experts. Participants should come prepared to hike and explore the hills and hollows of Singing Woods. Wear comfortable clothes, hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Peoria Park District and Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, with funding by Peoria Wilds and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, for more information, call 309-681-2858.

Asteroid Day will take place at the Riverfront Museum in celebration of International Asteroid Day on Friday from 1:15 – 4 pm. Learn about Near Earth Asteroids and why they matter, check out meteorites that fell from space at an activity station from 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm plus learn all about asteroids in a special planetarium show at 3:30 pm. All activities are included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults ($15 with Playing with Light exhibit), $9 for ages 3 – 17 ($13 with Playing with Light exhibit), $10 for ages 60+ ($14 with Playing with Light exhibit) or free for members.  For more information, visit http://RiverfrontMuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. An additional early cruise will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature State of Mind 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 Peoria Municipal Band will perform at St. Philomena’s Church and School (located at 1000 W Albany Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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

Heartache Tonight: A tribute to the Eagles will perform on the Peoria Riverfront on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Friday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $8. For tickets and more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington) on Friday 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

Concerts in the Vineyard will present Brushville at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday beginning at 8 pm and 7 West 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

King Khancept featuring BLK will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission is $5 and $8 the day of the show. 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

Red, White and Not Right Comedy will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm featuring the best of the best of Peoria area comedians. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.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 Gabbert Art Park will host a Live Painting event featuring international mural artist Ard Doko creating his second original mural at C.T. Gabbert’s (located at 1323 SW Adams in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. The Dutch artist will be joined by Peoria area artists will also be working and displaying their work. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1339475722826418

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 Original Skazz Band will perform at the Ice Cream Shack (located at 2306 Washington Rd. in Washington) on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/theoriginalskazzband

The Marquette Heights Men’s Club of Central Illinois’ Fireworks Extravaganza will be held Independence Park (located at 615 LaSalle Blvd. in Marquette Heights) on Saturday from 6 -10 pm. Fireworks will begin at dusk with a rain date of Sunday at dusk. Admission is free. Featuring fireworks, food, a 50/50 and raffle as well as a remote control airplane demonstration, for more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/185741411925600

The Peoria German-American Society will host their Annual Volksfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. Featuring live entertainment by Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, Peoria Volkstänzer, and Grammy Nominee, Eddie Korosa from Chicago, a Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruis’n runs from Noon to 5 pm with domestic & import cars, trucks & motorcycles made prior to 1990 plus a Fine Arts and Craft Village featuring a variety of handmade items, admission and parking are free. Other activities will include soccer, folk dancing, a 50/50 raffle, a shooting tent and a kinder park for kids. Dinners will be available plus a sandwich line and German and domestic beer plus soft drinks and a cash bar. For more information, visit http://www.peoriagermans.com

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips, trained docents will be on hand.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage handcrafted garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family there are also exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12.  For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Annual Fireworks Spectacular at Glen Oak Amphitheatre will take place on Monday from 4 – 10 pm with live entertainment and fireworks. Admission is free. Fireworks begin at dark. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy food from vendors in the park.

The Morton Fireworks will take place on the grounds of the Morton VFW (located at 2310 Veterans Road in Morton) on Monday from 5 – 10 pm. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy music, food and more. Admission is free.  For more information, visit https://mortonvfw.com

JammSammich will perform on the RiverFront’s CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Monday as part of Red, White & Boom from 8:30 – 11:30 pm.  Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The 47th Annual West Peoria 4th of July Parade will take place on Tuesday beginning at 10 am and will end with the flag raising ceremony at the Franciscan Center Park at approximately 11:30 am. For more information, visit http://cityofwestpeoria.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Beloit Snappers on Tuesday beginning at 5:30 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 Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display will take place on the Peoria riverfront on Tuesday with festivities beginning at 4 pm including a kids zone, a bags tournament, street performers and live entertainment by Spring Creek Station from 6 – 8 pm. The synchronized fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm. Admission is free. The VIP viewing area will be open from 5:30 – 10 pm with food, soda, water, beer and wine plus face painting, a balloon artist and live entertainment. Tickets for the VIP area are $59 for adults and $29 for kids under 17.  For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.us

The Peoria Park District ELITE Community Outreach 4th of July Fundraiser will take place at the RiverPlex on Tuesday beginning at 5 pm. ELITE programs target youth and ex-offenders in the Peoria area. Included with admission is reserved parking to view the Peoria fireworks from the grassy area surrounding the RiverPlex, concessions plus the use of the RiverPlex facilities such as the rock climbing wall, the pool, indoor basketball and volleyball courts and the totally tots indoor playground. Cost is $40 for a car of 4 ($10 per extra person) and reservations may be made by calling 309-589-5923.

The Riverfront Museum will host their 4th of July Backyard BBQ Summer Fundraiser on Tuesday from 6-10:30 pm featuring an all you can eat buffet plus the best seat in town for the Peoria fireworks. Also featuring a cash bar, ice cream & snacks, live radio remote plus admission to all the Museum exhibits including “Playing with Light” plus many other activities. Cost for members is $35 for adults and $17 for kids aged 3 – 12 or $45 for adults and $22 for kids aged 3 – 12 for the general public. For more information and to order tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

View the Peoria Fireworks from the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Tuesday with gates opening at 6 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 200 and admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 16. Soda, water, popcorn and other novelties will be available for $1 each. Proceeds benefit the Peoria Historical Society. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The 4th of July Honor America Celebration will take place at Pekin Memorial Stadium (located at 1817-1837 Court St. in Pekin) on Tuesday beginning at 6 pm. Pacos Tacos, Bill’s Lemonade, Maurie’s popcorn, Pepsi products and glow necklaces also will be available. Fireworks start at dusk.  A donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 6 -12 is recommended. For more information, visit http://enjoypekin.com/events

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My Fair Lady opens on Friday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) and runs through Saturday, June 10 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond. 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

Chillicothe Summer Theatre’s The Little Mermaid Jr. will take place at at IVCHS (located at 1300 W Sycamore St. in Chillicothe) on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture. It’s an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. Tickets are $6 each or 4 for $20 and are available at The Covered Wagon in downtown Chillicothe and at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/chillicothetheatre1

Holy Family Heritage Days will be held in the Holy Family parking lot (located at the corners of Sterling Ave. and Gale Ave. in Peoria) from 4 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), from 4 – 11 pm on Friday and from 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday. There will be carnival rides with a $16 unlimited wrist band on Saturday from 11 – 3 for $16, food, a beer tent, games and live entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-3427.

The Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival will take place behind John Bearce Companies on Rt 24 in Washington beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 1 pm on Friday, 7 am on Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. There will be a kids talent show, a baby photo contest, a Kids Fun Run plus a 5K and a 1 Mile Run/Walk and many other activities. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

The Morton Downtown Dining Stroll will take place tonight (Thursday) in downtown Morton from 5 – 7:30 pm. Enjoy live music and a beer garden behind Season’s Gastropub. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

An Evening with Glass: Film & Artist Talk will take place in the Giant Screen Theatre tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Featuring local glass artist Hiram Toraason as he shares his insight on the glass art of the Kottemann Art Collection plus a screening of the documentary “Pilchuck, A Dance with Fire”. Tickets are $5 and available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Dozer Field tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. 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 Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

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

Ratt will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $23 for general admission, $30 for advanced party pit and $55 for the Bud Light VIP Loft and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie 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. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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, Saturday & Sunday 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.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

State & Water will host The Bogart Jones Band at WTVP (located at 101 State St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The event is free, but tickets are required. For tickets and more information, visit www.wtvp.org

Whiskey’s Gone, a Zac Brown Tribute Band, will perform at the Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring special guests Jeremy David Baker and Sarah Marie Dillard, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/WhiskeysGoneZBTB

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 15th Annual Bach Festival Opening Concert will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. The festival continues through Sunday, June 11. Admission is free. For more a full schedule and more information, call 309-673-8501 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

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

Stephanie Aaron will perform at The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Admission is $16 or $41 for the dinner and show package which begins at 6 pm. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/Broadway

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

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will be held in downtown Elmwood on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Featuring strawberry treats (such as strawberry pizza, strawberry shortcake, strawberry shake ups, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry soda pop & strawberry jam), musical entertainment, children’s activities and crafts, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/elmwoodstrawberryfest

The Kim St John Butterfly Habitat Opening will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. The event includes activities and crafts all centered around butterflies. Admission is $7 for seniors 65 and over, $9 for 13 and over, $6 for 3 -12 years and children under 3 and members are free. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 20th Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude will take place at Jubilee State Park Equestrian Area (located on W Fussner Rd. in Brimfield) on Saturday beginning at 10 am with a trail ride. Also featuring lunch, an auction, raffles and giveaways, the event benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-5857 or visit www.facebook.com/saddleupcentralil

The 2017 Sculpture Walk Peoria Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday from 10 am – 12:30 pm in downtown Peoria. See the new sculptures and meet the artists who created them. People’s Choice Award ballots will be available so you can vote for your favorite sculpture plus enjoy live music, vendors, and activities for kids. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Canton Main Street’s Art on Main Fine Arts Festival will take place at Jones Park (located at 45 East Side Square in Canton) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Featuring original art from the Midwestern artists, you can view and purchase paintings, drawings, jewelry, clay, ceramics, photography, glass, sculpture, textiles and woods plus enjoy live music and youth art activities, Admission is free. For more information, call 309-647-2677 or visit www.cantonartonmain.com

The Central Illinois Military Fest featuring WWII Comes Alive 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. Allied and Axis troops will present authentic displays of equipment, weapons, tanks, and vehicles. Public battles each day will feature clashes between opposing sides in the war. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 17 with a maximum of $25 for family and free admission for kids under 5. For more information, visit www.centralilww2.com

It’s My Book will host a Garden Tour on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Featuring 6 local gardens, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door as can be purchased at Gregg’s Florist (located at 1015 E. War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) through Friday. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/lookitsmybook

The 3rd Annual Peoria Zero K will take place at Junction City on Saturday from 1 – 5 pm. A unique and family-friendly event, it’s a ‘non-race’ with a short walk over the bridge, so everyone can participate. All funds raised will benefit Peoria Promise. Pre-registration is $12 or $15 the day of the event. For more information and to register, visit www.peoriazerok.com

Hummingbirds Return to Illinois will take place at the Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is free. For more information visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 2nd Annual Prime Rib Dinner and Silent Auction will take place at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church (located at 1812 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Dinner includes appetizers, salad, prime rib, spanakopita, potato, vegetable, dessert, iced tea, coffee and lemonade. There is a $45 donation fee per person or a table of 10 is $400. For tickets or more information, email pphhaarr@hotmail.com

Concerts in the Vineyard will present West McQueen Street at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages under 12. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. Outside food is allowed, but beverages are not allowed from outside. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Chippendales will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. This event is for women only ages 21 and over. Tickets are $22 – $55 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Jubilation at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $8 – $74. For tickets and information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band will perform at the Peoria RiverFront on Saturday from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit  www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

SAM’s Rescue will host Hair of the Dog at Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery (located at 321 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Featuring games, prizes raffles and live music, admission is free and pooches are welcome. For more information, visit www.samsrescue.org

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips, trained docents will be on hand.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage handcrafted garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family there are also exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12.  For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will begin their 80th season of summer concerts on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Featuring the presentation of colors by the Peoria Fire Department Color Guard and narrator Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, ISU Professor Michelle Vought will be the featured vocalist and the Peoria Municipal Band Trombone Four will perform their rendition of Lassus Trombone. 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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The 2017 Race for the Cure will take place this Saturday at the Metro Centre (located at 4700 N. University in Peoria) with registration beginning at 7 am and the Race walk/run beginning at 8 am. The world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created, the event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.  Registration fees are $35 for the adult walk/run, $40 for adult competitive runners, $25 for the kids walk/run and $30 for the kids competitive runners. On Race day, all prices will increase by $5. Register online at www.komenmemorial.org/komen-race-for-the-cure

Billy Elliot the musical continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere, the 10-time Tony Award-winning musical features music by Elton John and is based on the Academy Award-nominated film. Adult tickets are $19 and $12 for ages 20 and under and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

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 May 19 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 “It’s A Girl Thing” Vendor Fair and Wine Tasting will take place at the Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. Hosted by the Peoria Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include 5 wine tastings plus a souvenir glass, appetizers & desserts, live music by Tom Beckman Trio, shopping, mini manicures, chair massages, raffles, a 50/50 and more. For tickets and more information, call 309-696-3329.

Lisa Napoli, author of Ray & Joan, will speak at Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm.  Her book is about the American power couple who founded McDonald’s. Admission is free and copies of the book will be available to purchase. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Zootini will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring a variety of martinis, (shaken, not stirred) and served by local mixologists at this outdoor after hours event in Africa. Included with the ticket are four drink tickets, appetizers, dessert, and live music. For ages 21 and over, cost is $65 or $75 for VIP which allows guests to sample a selection of martinis from 5:30 – 6 pm.  Registration is required and is available by calling 309-681-3500 or online at www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on South Bend tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm each night 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

Liza Treyger 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, Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

National Public Garden Day will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – 5 pm.  Admission is free and there will be free tours. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Julianna Zobrist will host the Peoria Salvation Army Annual Community Luncheon at the Par-A-Dice Hotel (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 11 am.  Songwriter, author and speaker and wife of Cubs player Ben Zobrist, Julianna will perform and give the keynote speech.  Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call 309-655-1349.

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.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Neil Simon’s Rumors will be performed by the Conklin Players at Five Points Washington (located at 560 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm with an optional meal beginning at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm with an optional meal beginning at 1:30 pm. Ticket prices for the show are $25 for adults and $8 for students (through college). Prices for meal and show are $50 for adults and $33 for students (through college). For tickets and more information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Wine and Cheese Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky with up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice plus a variety of cheese & crackers. Cost is $30 for members and $33 for the public. Registration is requested and available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Eric Church will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $50 – $90 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

Motionless in White will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission is $20 and $40 for the Bud Light VIP Loft plus a $3 under 21 years of age surcharge will be collected at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

How’d They Do That? An Evening of Magic, Comedy and Amazement will take place at the Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring entertainers “Circus Boy” Bobby Hunt and Magician Mitch Williams, admission is $16 per person. A pre-show dinner is also available beginning at 6 pm for $41 per person. For reservations and 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

The 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place on Saturday. Set out any non-perishable canned and/or boxed boxed well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time: no special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet. All food stays in the local community.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger

Peoria Players Theatre will host its 2017 Craft & Vendor Fair at the theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring crafters and vendors from all over the area, admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated at the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge (located at 19031 E County Road 1200th North in Havana) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Enjoy guided bird-watching hikes by Refuge staff every hour and activities and exhibits. Due to flooding, the Refuge Auto-Tour has been canceled.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-535-2290 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/chautauqua

National Train Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Learn all about trains and ride the famous Prairie Zephyr Train for $2 (half price). Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for ages 3 – 12, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members and ages 2 & under.  For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Pampered on the Prairie will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm featuring face painting and balloon creations for the kids, a wine tasting with appetizers, live music, manicures, pampering vendors and free gifts while supplies last. Admission is free.

Mardi Gras in May will take place on Saturday on Water Street in downtown Peoria beginning at 10 am with the Mardi Gras 5K Race. The Street Party will run from 3 – 10 pm featuring a New Orleans French Quarter theme including street performers, live music, hurricanes and the Brewers beer trailer, food, entertainment, tarot card readers, caricature artists, artist vendors, demonstrations and lessons plus local restaurants offering authentic Cajun dishes and drinks. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mardigraspeoria.com

The Courtyard Bazaar Vendor Fair will take place on Saturday at Bartonville Industrial Park (located at 4204 Pfeiffer Rd. in Bartonville) from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring crafters, artists, antiques, primitives, food, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CourtyardBazaar

A Vintage Hat Exhibit will be held at the Tremont Historical Museum (located at 367 S Sampson St. in Tremont) from 1 – 4 pm on Saturday and from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday. See over 40 vintage hats and vintage items that are beautifully displayed together in vignettes portraying several decades of life in the Tremont area. Admission to the exhibit is by donation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/tremontmuseum

Bark for Life will take place at Kickapoo Creek Park (located at 2000 N Jefferson St. in Lincoln) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring free food, balloon animals, a dunk tank, a hot air balloon ride raffle and more, admission is free and funds raised benefit the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, Humane Society of Logan County, Mason County Pets without Parents and Sangamon County Animal Control. For more information, click HERE

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday 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.

SMD & The Underground will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 for adult, $9 for child, and $8 for FPNC members. To make reservations, call 309-686-3360. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Art ‘N Soul (located at 4450 Prospect in Peoria Heights) is celebrating its 1st Anniversary with an open paint night on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free and will include food and drinks as well as a free concert in the courtyard. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/artnsoulgalleries

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday when all moms will get in for the price of a child’s admission. Admission prices for adults 13 and over is $9, children 2 – 12 is $6.50, Seniors 65 and over, active military are $8.50 and kids 1 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

A Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Featuring prime rib, honey-baked ham, chicken, shrimp, omelets, waffles, pastries, assorted salads, vegetables and a dessert table with a chocolate dipping fountain, cost for adults is $23.95 and children is  $11.98. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

A Mother’s Day Brunch at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) will take place on Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.   Cost for adults $23.95, $12.95 for children under 12 and free for children 2 and under plus members receive a 10% discount. For reservations and more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Mother’s Day Brunch will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. Adults are $24.95, kids aged 4 – 12 are $12.95 and ages 3 & under are free. For reservations and menu details, call 309-495-9463 or reserve online at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Two Masterpiece Painting Classes will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday with the first from 11 am – 1 pm and the second from 2 – 4 pm. Price is $40 per person and includes all paint supplies, instruction and aprons plus three complimentary wine tastings, cheese and crackers available from Ropp Cheese and Chocolatier Chocolates as well as wine, beer, sodas, tea and water. To register and more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Two Mother’s Day Cruises will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday: one from 12:30 – 2:30 pm and the other from 5 – 7 pm.  Featuring a buffet and music by Chuck and the C-Notes, cost for the lunch cruise is $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 4-12 or $46 for adults and $23 for children ages 4-15 for the dinner cruise with ages 3 & under free for both. Call 309-637-8000 for reservations or for more information, visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5422 or online at visit www.artsaticc.com

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

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Billy Elliot the musical will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere, the 10-time Tony Award-winning musical features music by Elton John and is based on the Academy Award-nominated film. Adult tickets are $19 and $12 for ages 20 and under and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

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 May 19 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 Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard 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. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Joe Roderick will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 8 pm for $10.  And Jesse and Justin Tuttle will perform on Saturday beginning at 8 pm for $10. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Brats for the Cure event will take place at Schnucks on University St. in Peoria featuring the Johnsonville Brats Truck from 11 am – 6 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11 am – 2 pm on Sunday. A single brat meal (with chips and a drink) is $5, a double meal is $7 or a single brat is $3.50. All proceed benefit the Race for the Cure. For more information, visit www.komenmemorial.org

Cinco de Bow Wow will take place at Oliver’s Pizza and Pub (located at 1231 E. Samuel Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Friday beginning at 3:30 pm. A benefit for Team Rescuing Animals In Need (TRAIN), it includes doggy dress up contests, a silent auction, food and drink specials and music by Random Strangers. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The 46th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held at the Veterans Memorial Ice Arena (located at 250 Red Bud Dr. in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for Therapists and many other local charities. For more information, visit www.PekinAMBUCs.org

The 11th Annual Passage to India will take place at Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. “A Journey of the Senses” will feature authentic Indian culture, cuisine and more to benefit Easterseals Central Illinois. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-686-1177 or online at www.kidstherapyprogress.com/PeoriaEvents

The Cinco de Kilo 5K and Fiesta will take place at the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Cost to participate is $40 through today (Thursday) and $45 on race day and includes a t-shirt, the Fiesta with 1 drink ticket.  To register or for more information, visit http://cincodekilo.com

The 2017 Mohammed Shrine Circus will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) at 6:30 pm on Friday, at 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm on Saturday and Noon & 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for children aged 12 & under and $18 for adults. For tickets and more information, visit www.supershrinecircus.com

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

Lorrie Morgan and Joe Diffie will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. General admission is $25 and the party pit is $30. This show is for all ages. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “Celebrating 35 Years of Music” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for students through college, and $18 for groups of 10+ and are available at the door, by calling 309-698-6725 or at  www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Jazz Night with The Derel Monteith Trio will take place in The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Reservations are required and an advanced dinner package is also available beginning at 6 pm for $36. Show only tickets are $11 per person. For tickets and information, call 309-494-9100 or 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

The Walk for Literacy will take place at the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Registration is $25 per person and forms are available at Common Place, Peoria Public Library locations, area bookstores or online at www.commonplacepeoria.org For more information, call 309-673-3315, x112.

Breakfast with the Red River Hogs will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am.  Learn about the red river hogs and see them 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

Green View Kid’s Club will take place at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm.  Young gardeners will make a special gift for Mom for $5 per child. For more information, call 309-243-7761 or visit www.greenview.com  

The Community Children’s Theatre Annual Drama Festival will be held at Noble Center (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a day of live entertainment featuring award winning TEC school plays performed by Peoria students. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

A Civil War Spring Drill re-enactment will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and Noon – 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action when Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time.  For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Corn Stock for Kids will host a Beauty & the Beast Sing Along at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 2 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.CornStockTheatre.com

A public reception for the 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features a variety of mediums and will remain on display during normal hours through May 30.  Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 10th Annual Kentucky Derby Party will be held at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 4:30 – 10 pm. Tickets are $75 which includes admission, beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres or $125 for the VIP ticket which also includes priority seating, one hat contest vote and one horse bet. For tickets and more information, visit www.alzheimers-illinois.org

Jason Isbell will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission is $35 and the VIP Loft is $55. A $3 under 21 surcharge will be collected at the door.  For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Maifest will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm.  Hosted by the Peoria German-American Society, activities include a May pole ribbon dance and other German folk dances, crafts for kids, German foods and German wine & beer, live entertainment and a petting zoo beginning at 3:30 pm. Admission is free. EPIC will be selling plants and vegetable starts. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips with trained docents available during the tour.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. View never-before-displayed vintage handcrafted  garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family plus find exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12.  For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Youth Symphony Spring Concert will take place at Metamora High School (located at 101 W Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

The Philharmonic Chorale will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For tickets and more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

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

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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 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Special entertainment includes Marvel characters Ant Man, Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman & Captain America, the NASCAR simulator, Look-a-Likes Batman, Bat Girl, the Green Lantern, Belle, Paw Patrol (Marshal) & Princess Elsa. Tickets are $5 for ages 16 and up and free for ages 15 and under with a paid adult. Friday is Senior Day where ages 60+ are admitted for $2.50 and Sunday is Family Day where 2 adults and 2 children aged 15 & under are $8. For more information, visit www.peoriaautoshow.com

The 2017 St Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view every Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 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 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

Neighborhood House Food Fight 2017 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Showcasing area chefs in a live culinary competition to benefit Neighborhood House, it offers tastings of signature items from the chefs, wines from around the world plus a seated farm-to-table dinner.  Tickets are $75 per person which include wine and beer tasting, tastings of all 13 chef signature items & dessert and drink or $150 which includes chance for guests to taste the food made in the chef competition, meet and greet chefs, plus general admission wine tasting, chef signature bites tasting, dessert and drinks.  For tickets and more information, visit www.nhpeoria.org

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria General Meeting will take place tonight (Thursday) in the AMT Auditorium (located at 1718 N. Sterling in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm. Angela Bolden, program officer of Greater Peoria LISC, will speak on sustainable neighborhoods citing the positive results in Peoria’s East Bluff and South Side have been called “the best-kept secret in Peoria.” Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Jon Dore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Road in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $10 and Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm for $15. For tickets and information, visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Chase Rice will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $48 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Whisper & Shout will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Contemporary Art Center beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Brazillionaires
 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.
And 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. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The American Red Cross of Central Illinois’s celebration of its 100th anniversary and recognition of their 2017 Heartland Heroes recipients will include David Nail with Brooke Eden & Charlie Walker performing on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center at 6 pm. Tickets are $11 and $28 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

Jazz Night with The Perrilles Project and a curated art opening will take place at the Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday 6 – 10 pm. Admission for show is $11 or $36 for dinner and show in advance. For more information visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Peoria Ballet will present The Sleeping Beauty at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) at 7 pm on Friday and at 1:30 pm and 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 10 and under and are available at www.peoriaballet.com

Brantley Gilbert will perform at the Bloomington Coliseum on Friday at 7 pm. Also featuring Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs and Brian Davis, tickets range from $34.75 – $342.90 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-300, all Ticketmaster locations or at http://ticketmaster.com

The Just Desserts Murder Mystery will take place at the Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring actors from the Artistic Community Theatre, tickets are $22 and include dessert. For more information, visit http://mansiononwalnut.com/events

An Evening of J. S. Bach will take place in the Westminster Sanctuary (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm. Bradley University piano professors Dr. John Orge and Dr. Chee Hyeon Choi will perform Bach Klavier Concerti for one or two keyboards. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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 Lawn Mower Clinic will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd.) on Saturday 8 am – 4:30 pm. Cost is $40 and includes cleaning the deck, sharpening blades, changing oil, spark plugs and checking air filters. Proceeds go to PAWS Giving Independence, JDRF, EPIC, St Paul’s Lutheran Church and CIDGA. For tickets and more information, visit www.cidga.org

A Flapjack Fundraiser will be held at Applebees (located at 900 Riverside Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 10 am. Tickets are $5 available at the door and include bacon, pancakes, orange juice and coffee with proceeds benefitting Central Illinois Veterans. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

A Bunny Hop Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Mineral Springs Park Lagoon in Pekin on Saturday from 8 am – noon. Breakfast is $5 per person and the hunt is free. Ages 2 – 3 will hunt at 8:45 am, ages 4 – 5 at 9:15 am, 6 – 7 at 9:45 am, 8 – 9 at 10:15 am and 10 and over at 10:45 am. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1387262638015096

Genealogy Day will take place at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Information such as how to research your roots will be presented. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://peoriapubliclibrary.org

The CASA Human Foosball Tournament will be held at the EastSide Centre (located at 1 Eastside Dr., East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Cost is $150 per team (6 people per team) and advanced registration is required.  To register or for more information, call 309-669-2939.

Tryouts for the Peoria Prowlers will take place at Planet X Rollerworld (located at 2075 Edgewater Dr. in Pekin) on Saturday at 9:45 am. Men and women aged 18 and up plus juniors 6 – 17 are welcome. Registration cost is $5 and is available through 10 pm on Friday. Bring gear if you have it or you can rent. No skating experience necessary: non-skating members needed, also. To register or for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/prowlersderby

Star Wars Day will take place at Fondulac District Library (located at 400 Richland St. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Free activities and programs for all ages will run throughout the day including a new expanded Jedi training, crafts, prize drawings and more. For more information, call 309-699-3917 or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org

Eggs on the Prairie will take place at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Festivities include live music, children’s games and activities, bouncy houses, goody bags, balloon animals, prizes and photos with The Easter Bunny.  The event will take place rain or shine across from H & M. For more information, visit www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com

The 2017 Easter Egg Scramble will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 10:30 am – noon. Ages through 3 years begins at 10:30, at 10:50 for ages 4 – 6 years and at 11:10 for ages 7 – 9. Cost for member kids is $3.50 or $9 for non-member adults and kids. See the Easter Bunny at Luthy Botanical Garden from Noon – 4 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.com

The 2017 VIP Easter Egg Hunt will take place near the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 11:30 – 1 pm. The VIP hunt features an egg hunt, Easter Bunny meet and greet with photo, basket, snack, theater games & crafts. Limited to 50 children. Cost is $20 per child, but adults are free and must accompany child. A free Easter Egg Hunt will also take place near the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 1:30 pm.  Registration is required for both events and may be done online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

An Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Northtrail Park (located at 1621 W. Meadowbrook Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday beginning at noon. Cost is $4 per child ages 10 & under and registration is required. To register and for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/holiday

Spring Loose for Drew’s Plots will take place at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 IL-29 in Chillicothe) on Saturday at 2 pm. Featuring stump carving, face painting, blown glass demonstrations, live music, food, beverages, an auction plus an attempt at the world’s largest cakewalk at 5:30 pm, admission is free.  Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.drewsplots.com

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus will hold a Rock ‘n Roll Trivia Fundraiser at Our Savior Lutheran Church (located at 1209 Kingsbury Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. There will be prizes awarded for best-dressed male and female and for best decorated table, as well as a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. Teams can bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Contact williamson.h@comcast.net for more information or to register.

The 19th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Honoring and recognizing those who are an inspiration to our community. Cost to attend is $100 per person. To register, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Peoria Chiefs season opener against the Burlington Bees will take place on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 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 Cantrells will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 per adult, $9 for ages 12 and under, $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. 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

The Quest Throwback Prom will take place at The Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington St. in Peoria) 7 – 11 pm. Adults of all ages will gather for prom night with an adult twist with food, beverages, dancing and live music by JammSammich. Cost is $60 per person or $110 for a couple. For tickets or more information, visit www.questthrowbackprom.com

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.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

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Road in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. An unfinished work by Charles Dickens, the show is a murder mystery with a choice of 4 different improvised endings which will be selected by the audience. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and more information, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

The 2017 St Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view every Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 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 www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/peoria.html

Lisa Landry will perform at the 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 and Saturday at 7:30 pm & 9:45 pm for $15. For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Bloomington Normal Hands All Around Quilt Guild’s Annual Quilt Show will take place at the Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center (located at 1413 Leslie Dr. in Bloomington) from 9 am – 6 pm on Friday & from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday.  For more information, visit http://www.visitbn.org/events/haaqg

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Soft Spoken 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

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 the dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm followed by the show. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.HowlinOnWater.com

The Inspiring Art Abilities Art Show will take place at Mt. Hawley Country Club (located at 7724 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. Paintings and pottery by the Community Workshop and Training Center will be on display and for sale during a silent auction. Tickets are $25 through 3 pm on Friday or $30 at the door and include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and live music.  Make reservations by calling 309-686-3300 or visiting www.cwtc.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Fayetteville FireAntz at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. 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

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring live audience readings, tickets range from $36 to $120 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

SMDuo and The Underground will perform at Oliver’s Pizza and Pub (located at 1231 E Samuel Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 8 – 11 pm. For more information, visit www.oliverspizza.org

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 Rails to Trail Bare Bones 10k will take place at Rock Island Trail – Alta Rd. Trailhead on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Entry fees are $30 through Friday and $35 on race day and includes a t-shirt and light snacks after the race.  To register or for more information, visit http://barebones10k.com

The Maple Syrup Workshop & Pancake Breakfast will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Enjoy pancakes and fresh maple syrup from Camp Wokanda, then go on a tour to and learn the basics of how maple syrup is processed and collected. General admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 and ages 3 & under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/camp-wokanda

The Pekin Kids’ Festival will take place at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. Featuring over 10 inflatables from Fun on the Run, the Upper Limits rock wall, the Pumpkin Patch Carnival Ride, Toddler Town and more, admission is $5 per person and children 3 and under are free. For more information, visit www.pekinchamber.com

A Senior Spelling Bee will take place at the Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch (located in Lakeview Park) on Saturday from 10:30 am – 12:45 pm. Open to anyone 50 years and older, the 1st and 2nd place winners will advance to the regional Senior Spelling Bee in June. Registration to participate is requested.  Admission is free. To register or for more information, call 309-497-2200.

The Polka Time Dinner Dance with Eddie Korosa, Jr. will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 5 – 8 pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 7-12, and includes a German dinner buffet. Kids under 6 are free and dessert is $2 extra. Only cash and checks are accepted. For groups of eight or more, please call 309-691-7484 to reserve a table. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

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 and teams may have up to 4 players. Participants may bring in food with wine, beer, sodas and bottled water available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. Call 309-645-5054 for reservations. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Kansas: Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at at 8 pm. Tickets are $40, $55, $75 and $95 and are available at the Peoria at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

The 41st Annual Lebanese Festival will take place at St. Sharbel Hall (located at 2914 W. Scenic Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm. Featuring an all Lebanese food menu, there will also be a Lebanese bakery as well as Lebanese music plus carry outs will also be available. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for kids 12 & under. For more information, call 309-688-5555.

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips with trained docents available during the tour.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. View vintage handcrafted  garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family plus find exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12.  For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.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

The Cardinals vs. Cubs 2017 Peoria Chiefs Opening Night Party will take place at Dozer Stadium on Sunday beginning at at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person and includes an all you can eat buffet plus you’ll be able to meet the 2017 Peoria Chiefs team and get autographs.  Tickets must be purchased by Friday and are available online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Black Stone Cherry will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Sunday at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $15 and $35 for the Bud Light VIP Loft and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

 

Click HERE to Register to Win 4 Tickets to See Disney on Ice or 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game!

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