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

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

The 2017 Heart of Illinois Fair continues at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) through Satyrday. Attractions includes the Galaxy Girl’s Aerial Thrill Spectacular, the Dan Barth Antique Medicine Show, a carnival with a wristband special with unlimited rides every evening, live music in the beer garden, tractor pulls, a demolition derby, NASCAR Racing Simulators and more. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Southeast Asia – Our Yesterdays and Their Tomorrows” at the Lariat Steakhouse (located at 2232 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) with a pre-lecture meal beginning at 5:15 pm and the lecture at 7 pm. PAWAC members Barb and Bernie Drake will take the audience on a two-and-a-half-week travelogue through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.  Admission for the lecture is free, however, advance notice of attendance is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and begins at 11 am on Friday. Their Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour will run on Saturday beginning at 11 am where you’ll learn the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, visit Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans, drive by the GAR Hall built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall.  Their Monuments and Landmarks Tour features sculptures and structures in both downtown and the north side of Peoria every Saturday in July at 1:30 pm.  All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

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

The Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday and Saturday.  Featuring over a dozen of the competing BBQ teams’ best pulled pork, you can vote for your favorite to be the people’s choice winner. Tickets are $20 and are available online at https://events.peoriaparks.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria German-American Society Corn Boil will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 N Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. Featuring all you can eat sweet corn plus a pork chop sandwich, baked beans, and cole slaw for $8, admission and parking are free. There will be live entertainment, soccer, bocci ball, a 50/50 and a children’s play area. For more information, call 309-691-3657 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

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

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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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Broadway Backwards will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Broadway Backwards reinterprets the songs of musical theater, with singers performing as characters they wouldn’t get to play in real life – be it due to gender, age, race or body type. From heartfelt to hilarious, this show puts a unique twist on Broadway’s biggest hits. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for youth and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

My Fair Lady
continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) 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

The Tremont Turkey Festival will take place through Sunday in downtown Tremont. Hours are through 10 pm tonight (Thursday), 11 am – 10 pm on Friday, 6:30 am – 10 pm on Saturday, and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring the Miss Tremont Pageant, a pancake & sausage breakfast, a 5k race, horseshoe tournament, an antique tractor pull, a craft show, a community church service, car show and a parade on Sunday plus a carnival, live entertainment, food featuring (of course) turkey will be available throughout the festival. For more information, visit www.turkeyfestival.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Kane County Cougars tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm and Clinton on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 6:30 pm as well as on Sunday at 2 pm all 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 29th Annual Duck Race Kick Off  will take place outside Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Guests can purchase ducks to help support services for the Center for Prevention of Abuse for the annual event on August 26. For more information, visit www.duckrace.com/peoria

Matt Iseman will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. Ticket prices are $15 for the Thursday 8 pm show and Friday’s 9:45 pm show and all other shows are $20.  For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am. Their Roll Out the Barrel Tour takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in June at 11 am (except June 10).  And the Naughty to Nice Tour every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm (except for the 10th) traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present including stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Galactic Cowboy Orchestra 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 American Cancer Society’s Night of Hope will take place at Peoria Riverfront Liberty Park on Friday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring a survivor ceremony, food, entertainment, activities and more bringing together the largest group of cancer survivors in the area. Admission is free.  For more information, visit http://main.acsevents.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 Tempest will be presented by the Great Works Begins Theatre Company at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/events

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

Take a Full Moon Stroll at the Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 9 – 10 pm while learning facts about the moon. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Over the Edge Peoria will take place at the Chase Bank (located at 411 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 7 pm. A fundraiser to benefit Peoria Friendship House, participants who raise a minimum of $1,000 will rappel down one of the tallest buildings in Peoria. No prior experience is required. A $50 registration fee reserves a spot. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/OTEpeoria

The Annual Moss Avenue Sale will take place along 6 blocks of historic Moss Avenue (between Western and McArthur Blvd.) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Featuring antique and collectible dealers, hand made items, fine art dealers, food vendors and live music, admission is free. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 309-676-7900.

A Flags and Dance Workshop will be held at Bradley Epworth Church (located at 1316 W Columbia Terrace in Peoria) on Saturday from 8:45 am – 12:30 pm. Admission is free for high school and up. For more information, visit www.kinisi424.weebly.com

Super Hero Day will take place in downtown Morton at the shops, restaurants and library on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Kids of all ages can dress up as their favorite hero and take part in the Super Hero Academy and teens can participate in a fun photo challenge. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mortonlibrary.org

Canvas and Donuts Father’s Day Painting will take place at the Pekin Academy of Fine Arts (located at 601 N 4th St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 10 – 11 am. Children 5 – 12 can paint while enjoying donuts and milk. Cost is $22 and a parent must attend with their child. For more information, visit www.pekinacademyoffinearts.com

The 12th Annual Duryea Festival will take place at Tower Park (located at 1222 E Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm. Featuring live music, food, beverages, Fun on the Run Kids activities, arts & crafts vendors and a merchant sidewalk sale, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com

The Sommerfest Rock’n Wurst will be held at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 8 pm each day. Featuring music, soccer, food including bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, Heidelburgers, hot dogs and German side dishes, German beer and wine and other beverages will be also available. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

Golf for Recovery will take place at the Country Club of Peoria (located at 4700 N Grandview Dr. #3 in Peoria Heights) on Saturday with registration at 2 pm. All proceeds support the addiction recovery efforts for those who cannot pay. Cost is $255 per player, or $55 for just dinner. For more information, call 309-696-3333 or visit www.invictuswoods.com

River City Unite Fest will take place at Peoria High School (located at 1615 N North St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 3 – 9 pm. Featuring performances by Josh Wilson and Flame, food, community awards, children’s activities and giveaways, admission is free. For more information, visit www.rivercityunite.com

The Peoria River City Jazz & Art Festival will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring jazz and a fine arts exhibition of local artists, admission is $8 from 2 – 4:30 pm and $10 after 4:30 pm and free for ages 12 and under with paid adult. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The Peoria Zoo will host Bowling for Rhinos at Landmark Bowling Alley (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Benefitting national parks in Africa and India which protect rhinos and other threatened species, the cost to participate is $20 for adults and $15 for kids which includes three games and shoes and features a silent auction, prizes and more. For tickets and information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Concert in Alpha Park (located at Airport Road and Garfield Ave. in Bartonville) will take place on Saturday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Featuring Unusual Suspects, a cover band playing a mix of music including Tears for Fear, Genesis, Billy Joel and more, admission is free.  Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.villageofbartonville-il.com

Concerts in the Vineyard will present Jury’s Out 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 outside beverages are not allowed. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Star War Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Enjoy Star Wars themed games, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. Admission is $9.50 for adults 13 and over, $6.50 for children 2 – 13, and $8.50 for seniors 65 and over. Children under 2 are free. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The 8th Annual Car Show for Homes of Hope will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring live music as well as wine tasting, food, a bag tournament and raffles, admission is free. Car registration is $10. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Barnyard Bash 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 Playhouse is celebrating its second birthday with indoor and outdoor activities, farm animals, bluegrass music and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Peoria Summer Tea will take place at the Soderstrom Castle (located at 4717 N. Grandview Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $75. The Peoria Symphony Summer Party will also take place on Sunday beginning at 5 pm and will feature jazz music. Tickets are $125. For tickets and more information, call 309-495-0564 or visit www.peoriasymphony.org

Music in the McKenzie will feature SMD & The Underground 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

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 to meet other musicians and learn some new songs. For music lovers of all ages, admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Municipal Band continues with their 80th season of summer concerts at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August: Osage County opens at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm plus next Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and 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

A Man For All Seasons continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  The show centers around Henry VIII’s decision to break from the Pope and Catholicism in England and the power struggle that was caused by that transition. Morality and power clashed at the King’s behest to pursue his unreachable goal of having his longed-for male heir. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets and more information, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

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

Mamma Mia will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $54 – $120 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-673-3200 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

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

The IHSA Class 1A 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 2A 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 1A 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 2A 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

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

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

The 9th Annual Frolic with the Fairies Tea and Style Show will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm featuring a dinner and a dance party for ages 6 and over. On Saturday, guests can model their fairy costumes and dine on a themed meal with tea times at 9 am, 12:30 pm or 4 pm. Proceeds support Junior League of Peoria. Tickets are $32 per person (adult or child) and are available online at www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org

The Prairieland Country Opry Show will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 120 Walnut Street in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country music, award winning entertainers and musicians there will also be a 50/50. Tickets are $10 and kids aged 5 & under are free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Prairieland

The Mind Boggling Variety Show by Andy “The Split Man” Gross will take place at the Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre (located on the East Peoria Campus) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring comedy, ventriloquism, magic and more, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or at www.artsaticc.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 17th Annual Farmer’s Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast hosted by the Peoria County Farm Bureau will take place at Exposition Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 11 am . Breakfast will be served featuring two pancakes, fresh sausage, scrambled eggs, milk, orange juice and coffee for 70 cents per person. The approximate retail value is $10. There will also be a horse and pony, tractors on display, Santa Rose Coffee, a silent auction and more. For more information, visit www.peoriacountyfarmbureau.org

The Blarney Blitz 5K, Central Illinois’ St. Patrick’s Day themed race, will take place on Saturday along Peoria’s riverfront beginning at 8 am with the start and finish outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub on SW Water St. near the corner of Walnut and Water Streets. There will be a costume contest for the most shamROCKED out male, female and child participants. Registration is $40 through Friday or $45 on race day. To register and for more information, visit http://blarneyblitz.com

March into Wellness will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on  Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring activities based around health and fitness including fitness kid’s games, a scavenger hunt, crafts, interactive guided hikes and more, admission is $9 for ages 13 & up, $6 for kids aged 3- 12, $6 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for ages 2 & under and park members. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Breakfast with the Lions will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, see the lions 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

JDRF Shop for a Cure will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (located at 200 S Main St. in Washington) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring a bake sale, raffle table, children’s activity table, and many vendors including, Avon, LuLaRoe, Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, Lip Sense, Tupperware, ThirtyOne and more. All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information, click HERE

The 2nd Annual Spring Craft and Vendor Show will take place at Thomas Jefferson Primary School (located at 918 W Florence Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. This family friendly event will help support the Thomas Jefferson PTO and features crafters, direct sale vendors and food trucks. For more information, call 309-413-3408.

Wildlife Prairie Park will host its Annual Spring Volunteer Orientation on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Participants will learn about the inner workings of volunteering, meet with current volunteers, park staff and other volunteer prospects. Admission is free when you mention that you’re there for the volunteer orientation at the gate.  For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Scouting at the Museum: Super Science will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. Explore the science behind static electricity, light, and density. Admission is $20 for scouts and $5.50 for chaperones. For tickets and more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Cork and Canvas will take place at Green View (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Drive in Dunlap) on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm. The fee is $30 and includes all supplies. To register or for more information, call 309-243-7761 or visit www.greenview.com

Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Cost is $5 and teams can include up to 4 players. Participants may bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, soda and water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. To reserve a spot for your team or for more information, call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Four Shillings Short will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Nights in the Garden of Spain at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm.  Tickets are $8 – $74. For tickets and information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

Scouting at the Museum: Home Scientist will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from Noon – 3 pm. This workshop allows Brownies to earn their Home Scientist badge with safe but exciting experiments that might not be possible at home. Admission is $20 for scouts $5.50 for chaperones. For reservations and information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson opens at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in upper Bradley Park on Friday and also runs on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm plus continues next Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 19. The show is as an emo-laced anachronistic rock invocation of the seventh U.S. President set in an alternate universe that draws parallels to today’s political/populist landscape. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through 18 with ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Into the Woods continues at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 and as well as at 2 pm on Sunday. The dark comedic musical by Sondheim takes you on a journey with your favorite fairy tale characters and exposes their true characters along the way. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for under the age of 20. For information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Matt de la Peña will present a free talk in Bradley University’s Peplow Pavilion of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center (3rd floor) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. The New York Times Bestselling Newbery Medal winning author of 6 young adult novels, a book signing and sales will follow the talk. For information, visit www.mattdelapena.com

X-treme International Ice Racing will take place at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 – $20 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & The Soul Mystics 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

It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) with wine tasting beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday and at 5:15 pm on Saturday. Admission is $45 per person including dinner, dessert and the show. Reservations are required and costumes are welcome. For information or reservations, call 309-359-9463 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Eat, Drink & Be Married will take place at The Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring Pekin area bridal and wedding vendors, hor d’oeuvres and cake samples, admission is free.  For more information, click HERE

Conklin Players will present I Do! I Do! at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. 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  A pre-show Dinner Buffet is also available at Five Points Washington beginning at 5 pm on Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Sunday for $25 per person. A cash bar will be also available. For reservations and more information, call 309-444-8600.

The Prairieland Country Opry Show will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 120 Walnut Street in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country music, award winning entertainers and musicians there will also be a 50/50. Tickets are $10 and kids ages 5 & under are free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Prairieland

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

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 the dinner buffet. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.HowlinOnWater.com

Day Job Comedy Night with Greg Batton along with Barney Winkler, Matt Smith, and Edgar Sandoval will take place at the Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $15 and a pre-show dinner package is also available for and additional $25. For more information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/Broadway

A Free Legal Advice Clinic will take place at Prairie State Legal Services (located at 331 Fulton Street, Suite 600 in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Attorney and paralegal volunteers will be on hand for clients who have applied for services ahead of time for help with family law issues, housing issues, debt issues, expungement and other civil legal matters. The clinic is sponsored by PILI’s Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Prairie State Legal Services, the Immigration project and the Peoria County Bar Association. For more information, visit www.pili.org/10thcircuit

Art Partners of Central Illinois will present The Business of Art at The Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. Designed to connect entrepreneurial artists with business professionals who can help them navigate the world of business through seminars and networking, admission is $35. For more information, visit www.artspartners.net/the-business-of-art

The Peoria Rally to Defend Planned Parenthood will take place at the Planned Parenthood Peoria Health Center (located at 2709 N Knoxville Ave.) on Saturday beginning at 10 am.  For more information, click HERE

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60 and over or $9 for youth 3-17 plus $5 additional to view the Titanic exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Romance at the Zoo will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. You’ll learn about at the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom and coffee and light refreshments will be served. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple for ages 18 and up. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Wild About Love will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday with a happy hour beginning at 6 pm followed by a five-course dinner and prize drawings, couples’ photos, live DJ and dancing. Cost is $50 for park members and $75 for the general public. For more information, or call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/wild-love

Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos will perform at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 North Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $50 and include a full service gourmet dinner with dessert, a rose for the ladies, complementary champagne toast and dueling pianos performance. For tickets and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Justin Moore & Lee Brice will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $23.75, $49,75 & $59.75 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Songs from the Woods will feature Barry Cloyd & Friends at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for children with a $1 discount for FPNC members. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Romance at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday at 8 pm. Featuring two time Grammy Award winner, Broadway and opera vocalist, Sylvia McNair and renowned pianist, Kevin Cole, tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $18 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

A Masterpiece Painting Class will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 11 am – 1 pm and from 2 – 4 pm. Tickets are $40 and includes all paint supplies, instruction and aprons. Three complimentary wine tastings are also included. Cheese and crackers will also be available from Ropp Cheese along with Chocolatier Chocolates plus wine, beer, sodas, tea and water. No beverages may be brought in. For tickets and information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Brian Fox Ellis will perform as Illinois Riverboat Captain Henry Detweiller along with with music by Barry Cloyd at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm. Winter snacks will accompany the entertainment plus there will be a silent auction featuring gift certificates, art and antiques. Admission is free, however donations to Friends of Riverfront Park are encouraged. For more information, call 309-688-0950 or 309-231-5758.

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 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument, 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

Winter Jam 2017 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy top artists in Christian music plus worship and ministry. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.  For more information, visit www.peoricaciviccenter.com

Romance Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Sunday and Tuesday from 8 – 9 pm. Featuring a special tour of the Cosmos exploring romantic constellations in Peoria’s night sky plus a trip to the most breathtaking places in the Universe using the real-time Uniview system, you’ll also receive a glass of wine or sparkling juice and a small bag of chocolates. For ages 21 and over, cost is $15 for members or $20 for the public. Tickets are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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Into the Woods opens at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday as well as next Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The dark comedic musical by Sondheim takes you on a journey with your favorite fairy tale characters and exposes their true characters along the way. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for under the age of 20. For information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Space is the Place will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum every Thursday beginning today  through February 23 from 4:30-5:30 pm. A unique hands-on experience where students will get to fly through space using an Xbox controller, learn about missions to other planets and more taught by Nick Rae, Museum Educator. Geared toward ages 8-12, cost to participate is $25 for members or $30 for the public. Registration is available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Morton Chamber of Commerce Annual Meet Up will take place at Burroughs Farms (located at 25356 Cooper Rd. in Morton) today (Thursday) from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Featuring hors d’oeuvres, networking and entertainment along with the announcement of the  2017 Pumpkin Festival theme, distinguished service award recipient and Chamber volunteer of the year, admission is $30. For information and reservations, call 309-263-2491 or visit www.mortonchamber.org/community-calendar

The Peoria County Highway Department will hold a Public Open House at Monroe School (located at 5137 W. Cisna Rd. in Bartonville) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Discussing the proposed reconstruction of Dirksen Parkway between Airport Road and Middle Road, highway department staff as well as engineering firm Crawford, Murphy & Tilly will be on hand to answer questions.  For more information, call 309-697-6400, ext. 127.

Thirsty Thursday will be held at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Rd. in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. Enjoy an hors d’ oeuvres buffet for $5 & wine tastings along with live music. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet 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

Jessica Michelle Singleton will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday and Friday 9:45 show and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.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
The Brazilionaires on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from 9 am – 5 pm on Friday & 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free with completed registration form available at the door. For more information, visit www.midwesttruckshow.com

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 12th Annual Black and Blue Ball to benefit Easterseals will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live and silent auctions and live music and dancing. Tickets are $125 and reservations can be made by calling 309-686-1177. For more information, visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com

Chillicothe Summer Theatre will present Just Desserts at Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 which includes a dinner provided by Barrack’s. Tickets are available at Covered Wagon Crafts (located at 1042 N 2nd St. in Chillicothe) or by calling 309-360-5377.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi RiverKings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Kevin Hart & Friends will perform at Jazz Night in the Broadway Lounge (located in the Waterhouse at the MAXAM Building in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $11. Dinner is also available beginning at 6 pm for $25 with reservations available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The No Regrets Men’s Conference will be held at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 N Heinz Ln. in Edwards) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 4 pm. Ken Blanchard, Chip Ingram, Eric Mason, Joe Stowell, Albert Tate and Steve Sonderman will lead seminars on topics relating to everyday life. Tickets are $15 including lunch and are available at the door or online at www.bethanycentral.org

The 17th Annual Eagle Day Festival will take place at several various locations through Mason & Fulton counties on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Family-friendly events conducted by conservation, research and animal groups will run throughout the day. Admission is free at all of the events and more information is available at HERE

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:45 am. Candidates for Peoria mayor expected to appear include incumbent Jim Ardis and challengers G. Marie Kennell and Couri Thomas. Candidates for township supervisor expected to appear are Frank Abdnour, Michael Aiello, Harvey Burnett, Evonne Fleming, Clyde Gulley Jr., Sam Joseph and Daniel Sullivan. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

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

Jazz at Metamora featuring JC and the Redemption will take place at Metamora Township High School Auditorium (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Saturday at 7 pm. Adult advance tickets are $7 or $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.metamorabands.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Vinyl, a mix of music from 70’s and 80’s, at 6 pm and Laser Zeppelin at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows for members or $7 for one show and $12 both shows. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Rodney Carrington will perform at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Tickets are $41.75 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Big Game Sunday Cabbage Roll Extravaganza will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm. Bulk orders of cabbage rolls will be available for carry-out only which must be pre-ordered by phone or online. Cabbage rolls will be cooked that morning and served warm along with instructions for re-warming them. A half pan of cabbage rolls (approx. 50) is $32 and a full pan is $60. To pre-order your cabbage rolls, call 309-676-9725 or visit https://form.jotform.com/70159333043146

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

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