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A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) through New Year’s Eve weekdays and Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Featuring a variety of media and unique artwork all created by local artists, items include original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Winterfest continues with ice skating outside on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center).  Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

A Kwanzaa Display continues through New Year’s Eve at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) featuring African plants throughout the Holiday Poinsettia Show. Learn the significance of Mishumaa Saba and Zawadi. Garden hours are 10 am – 5 pm daily. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Taylor & Friends on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7:15 pm. The 1st Annual Wiener Dog Races will take place during the intermissions featuring Trixie, the ExplorePeoria.com mascot.  Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272   For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

John Roy will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm for $15 and on New Year’s Eve beginning at 7 pm with a hot and cold buffet starting at 7 pm for $25 or at 11 pm which includes a champagne toast at midnight for $25. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Comedy Jam will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $36, $46, $66 and $96 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

Take a docent-led gallery tour of Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s International Feature Gallery on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. The tour is free with regular admission which is free for members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ or $9 for youth ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A New Year’s Eve Countdown will take place on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center featuring skating from noon – 9 pm, a children’s ball drop at 7 pm, a 6 foot diameter ball drop midnight, fireworks, live music from Dexter O’Neal and the Funk Yard, drinks and more. Admission to the event is free except for skating or the ice slide which is $10 including skate rental or $8 if you bring your own for ages 6 and up and $5 for ages 5 and under. Unlimited rides on the ice slide is included with admission. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Northern Iowa at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday 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 http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

An all inclusive New Year’s Eve Celebration will take place at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) on Sunday from 6:30 pm – 12:30 am. Tickets are $100 and include buffet, premium open bar, live entertainment by Sweetwater and prizes. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-367-4000.

The Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos New Year’s Eve Bash will take place at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Admission for the two entree dinner buffet, a champagne toast at midnight, open bar and show is $86 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

The Way Down Wanderers will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $18 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Special New Year’s Salsa at CAC will take place at the Contemporary Art Center on Sunday featuring a dance lesson  from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 1 am. Bring your own drinks and food or purchase them from the Rhythm Kitchen. Welcome in the New Year with complementary party favors and a champagne toast. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The 17th Annual Get Lit New Year’s Eve Fun Run will take place at Folepi’s Winter Wonderland (on Par Three Lane off Springfield Road in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 11:50 pm. A post event pizza party buffet will take place at Avanti’s Ristorante in East Peoria. Entry fees are $6 per person for the run only or $15 per person for the run and the pizza party. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

Polar Plunge 2018 will take place at The East Peoria Boat Club (located at 707 Collins Lane in East Peoria) on New Year’s Day beginning with registration at 10 am and the plunge at 1 pm. Fee to participate is $20. There will be heated tents to change in as well as food and beverages. Bring your swimsuit and a towel. To register or for more information call 309-635-0605 or visit www.facebook.com/EastPeoriaBoatClub

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Home for the Holidays will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for all ages and are available at the box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The 34th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store continues at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through Sunday where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $15. Locations & hours are: Thursdays and Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from Noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

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

Winterfest features ice skating outside on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center).  Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) will be performed in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform a variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves, dinner and the show is $40 for adults. For tickets and information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Cirque Dreams Holidaze will take place at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38 – $73 and available at the box office, by calling 309-434-2679, any Ticketmaster location or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Tom Simmons will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm for $15 and 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Garden Christmas Party will be held at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 5 – 7:30 pm. Featuring the holiday poinsettia display, music, prizes, the Hall of Christmas trees, s’mores, a lighted fairy garden and more, admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries at the Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring live holiday music, storytelling, caroling, wassail, goodies and more, admission is free, however donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Central Illinois Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be presented at ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults premium seating or $25 for standard seating and $15 for children premium seating and $12 for standard seating and $10 for ICC students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or visiting www.artsaticc.com

Follow The Star will take place at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm on Friday plus Sunday through December 23 and at 10 am on Christmas day. The 2017 Christmas musical extravaganza is an inspiring, contemporary family tradition. Admission is free for all performances, however tickets are required. To reserve your free tickets, call 309-243-1550 or visit http://northwoods.christmas

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “An American Family Christmas” at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets in advance are $20 for adults, $8 for students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. At the door, prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Peoria Civic Chorale box office or by calling 309-693-6725. For more information, visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Chillicothe native Wayne Nelson, bassist and singer for the Little River Band, and his wife, author Rhonda Nelson, will present a combination of storytelling and acoustic music at the Town Theatre (located at 1029 N. Second Street in Chillicothe) on Friday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20. Seating is limited and attendees must be at least 21 to attend. Tickets are available online at www.chillicothetowntheatre.com

Clutch will perform its Psychic Warfare World Tour 2017 at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Breakfast with Santa will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 8:30 – 11 am. Featuring a breakfast buffet, over two hours of private skating on the Winterfest ice plus a visit from Santa who will will give each child a small gift. Tickets are $25 for ages 16 and up and $15 for children ages 3 – 15 and are available online at www.peoriaciviccenter.com

Star Wars Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring themed crafts, a costume contest with prizes, a Star Wars mythology lecture and a build your own light saber activity (for a $2 fee). Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character. Activities are free with regular museum admission which is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60+, $9 for kids 3 – 17 and free for members. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Laser Light Night Laser Floyd will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring The Wall at 6 pm and Dark Side of the Moon 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

Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $23, $38, $53, $78 and $128 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Winter Dreams at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $25 to $85 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Celebrate Peoria: Christmas Around the World will take place at at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn how the holiday is celebrated across cultures from Mexican Posadas to German Christmas trees. Activities are included with regular admission which is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for ages 65+ and free for members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Music in the McKenzie will host the Henhouse Prowlers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 -4 pm. Admission is free. A portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, visit http://peoriapubliclibrary.org

La Posada, a Family Christmas Party, will take place at the First United Methodist Church worship center (located at 116 NE Perry Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Celebrate Christmas together at this Hispanic Christmas Party which includes a potluck, prizes, a piñata and more. Admission is free.  For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org

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Elf Jr. will be presented by Community Children’s Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) – Saturday at 7 pm and on Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm. With a cast of over 60 students aged 8-18 from the Peoria area, this musical based on the classic movie tells the story of Buddy the Elf who brings his love of Christmas to all he encounters. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and kids ages 12 and under and are available at Peoria Park District’s Noble Center (located in Lakeview Park) or online at www.cctpeoria.org/tickets

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The 27th annual production of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers, tickets are $20 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Gifts of the Magi continues as part of Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Season (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A musical based on a famous Christmas story by O. Henry and partially based on his other work entitled The Cop and the Anthem, it’s the story of Jim and Della Dillingham, an out of work and penniless couple trying to survive in New York City in 1905. The perfect family show for the Christmas season illustrating the consequences and significance of the act of giving, tickets are $20 for adults & $14 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 34th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store is currently running at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 17 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $15. Locations & hours are: Thursdays and Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

A Health Career Exploration Fair will take place at Illinois Central College’s Peoria campus (located at 5407 N. University Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Learn about two-year or four-year degree and beyond, discover career opportunities in the local healthcare industry and tour ICC’s new state-of-the-art digital and interdisciplinary simulation and skills labs. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.icc.edu

Winterfest featuring ice skating outside continues on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center).  Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

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

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) will be performed in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform a variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves, dinner and the show is $40 for adults. For tickets and information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

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

Josh Wolf will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) for $15 at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $20. For tickets, 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 Bill Porter’s Time Machine 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

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday 2 – 8 pm and Sunday 2 – 7 pm. Ride the train through the decorated woods, enjoy a night with Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorate a holiday cookie to take home, watch the animals open their gifts, create holiday crafts and games or enjoy a snack, hot chocolate or a full meal. Cost is $11 for members and $13 for the public and reservations are required. To make reservations, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Garden Christmas Party will be held at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 5 – 7:30 pm. Featuring the main poinsettia display, music, prizes, the Hall of Christmas trees, s’mores, a lighted fairy garden and more, admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Night in Bethlehem will take place at the Chillicothe Christian Church (located at 510 W. Frances St. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Experience entering the ancient city of Bethlehem, being counted in the census, exploring the Marketplace, taste authentic foods, make crafts and “visit” with Joseph & Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Admission is free, although non-perishable food items will be collected to donate to the local food pantry. For more information, visit www.chillicothechristian.net

Yuletide Homicide, a murder mystery dinner, will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm with a wine tasting and cast mingle. Admission is $45 and includes 3 complimentary wine samples per guest plus a buffet dinner served after the first act. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-359-9463. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries at the Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring live holiday music, storytelling, caroling, wassail, goodies and more, admission is free however donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The POPS Orchestra Christmas Concert will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy classic Christmas favorites with guest soloists Nichole Fauser and Austin Shaw. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and groups of 10 or more and are available at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Santa Cause 5K will begin and end at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 am. Proceeds benefit Neighborhood House. Registration is $40 for a standard sized Santa suit, $35 for a kids sized suit and $50 for a plus-sized suit and also includes a souvenir finisher ornament, a sponsor swag bag, on-site Christmas goodies and 1 free beer. The Kids 1 Mile Reindeer run is $20. For more details and to register, visit www.peoria.org/santa5k

The 11th Annual Midwest Open Indoor Archery Tournament will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 8 am – 5 pm. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, click HERE

The 10th Annual Santa Train will take place  on Saturday featuring Santa Claus who will make six stops along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and to confirm their Christmas lists. Admission is free. The schedule includes Mapleton at Mapleton Road – 8:30 am arrival, Glasford at Oak Street (near City park) – 9:35 am arrival, Breeds at Co. Road 23 – 11:20 am arrival, Canton at 2nd Avenue (near former TP&W Railroad Office) – 1:30 pm arrival, Cuba at 3rd Street – 3:45 pm arrival and Smithfield at Main and Front Street – 5:15 pm arrival. Santa will arrive at each location by train and will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

The Gifting Hope Market will take place at Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. An alternative of gifting, you can select from 25 nonprofit organizations where the item/gift you purchase is given in honor of a loved one. Instead of purchasing a tangible gift, their donation will be used to fund a specific need of the nonprofit such as a week’s worth of food for a family living in a shelter. Upon purchase of the gift, the recipient will receive a card describing the gift and charity to which it was given signed by the shopper. For more information, call 309-691-6322.

Experience a bit of Old World Christmas Magic at the 8th Annual Kristkindlmarkt which will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors offering a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods plus imported items from Germany and Austria and a visit from Kristkindl (Santa Claus). Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. See how American and German soldiers lived on the Belgium front during a cold December in 1944. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://centralilww2.com

The 2nd Annual Outdoor Holiday Market will take place at One World (located at 1245 W Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Inspired by outdoor European holiday markets, you’ll find mulled wine, hot spiced cider, and hot chocolate and handmade holiday gifts and art from local artists.

A Holiday Porch Pot Demonstration will take place at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday from 10 am -11:30 am. Watch the demonstration and create your own porch pot using supplies provided by the garden center. Cost for materials used in creating a porch pot will vary based upon materials. For more information, call 309-243-7761.

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria from Noon – 2:30 pm on Saturday featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis from Prairie Folklore Theatre. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 4 – 15.  Reservations are required.  To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
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Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm and 4 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Ballet will present the Nutcracker Ballet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 2 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring a live performance of the classic music by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, tickets range from $9 – $39 and are available at the box office by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.org

This Christmastide: A Service of Lessons & Carols will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Peoria (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria at 6 pm on Saturday (Spanish translation available) and at 11 am on Sunday. Celebrate the Christmas Season with the Sanctuary Choir, the Bells of Praise, the Festival Orchestra and a host of readers. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.MusicatFirst.com

The 8th Annual Apollo Christmas Carol Songfest will take place at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Live music performed by Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel will precede a showing of Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Admission is $5 and includes holiday treats. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

An Open House for the exhibit, “Journey through Advent with Rolan Johnson” will take place at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring a collection of mosaic prints by the celebrated Peoria printer, Rolan Johnson, the prints were created with a silk-screen process of forcing paint through cut out parts of a stencil on a fabric screen onto the paper, hot cider and cookies will be provided. Admission is free. The exhibit continues through the end of December. For more information, call 309-673-3641 ext 130 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org/fostergallery

GWAR will perform its the Blood Of Gods Tour Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and $25 for Party Pit tickets and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Breakfast with Santa will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm. Featuring a buffet breakfast brunch, the cost is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and under and includes admission for the day. Reservations may be made by calling 309-676-0998 ext. 200. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Annual Peoria Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at First Federated Church (located at 3601 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Dr. John Jost of Bradley University returns to conduct the full orchestra as well as the soloists and choir. Admission is free and no vocal experience necessary. For more information, visit www.ffcpeoria.com

What the Dickens will be performed by Doug Day at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Actor Doug Day will read selected portions of the novel, accompanied by Charles Killen, Jeff Sloter, Keri Rae, Cheri Beever and Charles Brown with a high tea served during intermission with recorder music. A fundraiser for the GAR Hall, donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 309-694-1767.

The Harlem Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets range from $15 to $93 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.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 for a jam session.  Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be presented at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free: a goodwill offering will be collected. For more information, call 309-673-8501.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble Winter Concert will be performed at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and free for kids aged 12 & under and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

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Gifts of the Magi will be presented as part of Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Season (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A musical based on a famous Christmas story by O. Henry and partially based on his other work entitled The Cop and the Anthem, it’s the story of Jim and Della Dillingham, an out of work and penniless couple trying to survive in New York City in 1905. The perfect family show for the Christmas season illustrating the consequences and significance of the act of giving, tickets are $20 for adults & $14 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The 27th annual production of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers, tickets are $20 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Winterfest featuring ice skating outside continues on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center).  Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

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

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

A Spaghetti Dinner will take place at the VFW Hall (located at 1729 N. Santa Fe Ave in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday)from 4:30 – 7 pm. Including spaghetti and meatballs with garlic toast and green beans for dine in or carry out, cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 309-274-5458.

Conklin Players will present A Gift of Christmas at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $8 for students. A buffet dinner will also be available on tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 5:30 pm and on Sunday at 1:30 pm for $25. For information and tickets, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Moonshine Bandits will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $20 and available at the door or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria from Noon – 2:30 pm on Friday & Saturday featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis from Prairie Folklore Theatre. A Holiday Dinner Cruise will also take place on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Lunch cruise tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 4 – 15 and dinner cruise tickets are $46 for adults and $23 for children 4 – 15. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
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The Community Festival of Nativities will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (located at 3700 W Reservoir Blvd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 9 pm on Friday & Saturday and from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring nativity displays from around the world and musical performances from local talent, members from different churches have come together to create this unique interfaith nativity exhibit. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.communityfestivalofnativities.com

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

First Friday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring their exhibit, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois in the International Feature Gallery, activities like drawing in the galleries plus a chance to discover regional artists, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Christmas on Court will take place throughout downtown Pekin (located at 11 S. Capitol St.) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Featuring carriage rides, a tree lighting ceremony, Santa, demonstrations, give-aways and discounts from local businesses and live performances throughout the evening, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The Annual Holiday Bazaar Makers Market will take place at the Prairie Center of the Arts (located at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring handmade artwork by 15 regional artists, you’ll find one-of-a-kind gifts, cards and art. For more information call 309-333-7455 or click HERE

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center 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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

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

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) will be performed in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform a variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves, dinner and the show is $40 for adults. For tickets and information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries at the Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring live holiday music, storytelling, caroling, wassail, goodies and more, admission is free however donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Bradley Braves will take on Eastern Illinois at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 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 http://ticketmaster.com

The Youth Music Illinois Symphony Concert will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for students and $15 for senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or at www.artsaticc.com

Greg Hahn will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm.  Tickets are $17 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or online at  www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The Peoria Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K will take place at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 9 am with registration at 8 am. Cost is $40 for adults, $20 for kids 12 & under or $30 for Jingle in Your Jammies if you can’t participate, but would like to be involved. For more information and to register online, visit www.jbr.org/peoria

The 2017 War of the Demigods Powerlifting Championship will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall B on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 North Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts, watch the animals get their gifts plus meet with Santa. Cost is $6 for child members and $12 for child non-member and $12 for adult members and $18 for adult non-members. For tickets and more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Christmas with the Animals will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – Noon and 1 – 3 pm. Help WPP staff create gifts for the animals with food surprises inside, then give the presents to the animals and learn about their natural instincts. Cost is $5 (in addition to regular admission) and reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $5 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for ages 13 – 64 and $6 for ages 65+. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Peoria Small Businesses for Healthy Living Expo will take place at the Clubs at River City (located at 8603 N University in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring small businesses and charitable groups related to healthy living, responsible eating, independent activities and medical interventions, participants can take a yoga class, discover resources and ask questions to licensed medical professionals. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-453-8987 or click HERE

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 $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ and $9 for youth 3 – 17. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place in the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria (bounded by Washington Street and McKinley Street) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $50, $70, $75 and $90 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

A Holiday Home Tour will take place at Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak in Peoria), Pettengill Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) plus three private Peoria historic homes from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring seasonal décor, enjoy the ambiance, craftsmanship and architecture with charm and magic of Christmas past. Tickets are $15 through December 1 or $20 at the door and are available at Gregg Florist, Relics, Urban Artifacts, Exhibit A Gallery and the PHS office. Children 12 and under are free with purchase of an adult ticket. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Maria del Sol: A Latino Christmas Concert will be presented at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The concert is entirely in Spanish with English translation available. Admission is free, however tickets are required and may be reserved by calling 309-673-3641 or online at www.fumcpeoria.org

A Magic & Hypnosis Show will take place at Peoria Pizza Works (located at 3921 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights) on Saturday with dinner beginning at 6 pm and the show at 7:30 pm. Featuring Terry Grawey and Phil Raso, cost is $19 including a dinner buffet and the show.  For more information or to order advance tickets, call 309-251-5531 or visit www.hypnohumorist.com

The Peoria International Choir will perform a Winter Concert at at First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University St, Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. The concert’s theme is Chansons pour Joyeux Fêtes featuring Gabriel Fauré’s compositions of Cantique de Jean Racine, Sanctus and a solo dedication of Pie Jesu by director Masako Johnson plus a variety of songs from around the world and more. Tickets are $8 in advance for adults or $20 for a family or $10 at the door and $5 for senior citizens and available at www.peoriainternationalchoir.org

The Philharmonic Chorale will present their Christmas Concert at the Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students & senior citizens. For tickets and information call 309-694-5136 or visit at www.artsaticc.com

The Orpheus Club Men’s Choir will present a Winter Concert at the First Federated Church (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm.  Entertaining the Peoria area with male voice four-part harmony for 115 years, the group is directed by Russel Boulton. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/OrpheusPeoria

Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape Tour will be presented at the Bloomington Coliseum on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35.75, $49.75, & $69.75 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or at http://ticketmaster.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour will take place on Friday winding along Grandview Drive beginning at 11 am. Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Preston Jackson & Friends on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place on Friday at 11 am.  Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria will host an Open House tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. To celebrate the completion of construction and renovation work which are in advance of student expansion this year with the addition of first-year medical students in Peoria, the event will include self-guided tours through the building with brief demonstrations every 10 to 15 minutes on various new technologies. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoria.medicine.uic.edu

7 West 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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm  and the Wisconsin Brewers on Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. The Friday game is ALS Night with a ticket discount code of ALS17. A portion from each ticket sold will benefit the Walk to Defeat ALS Peoria Walk 2017 on September 9th.  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 Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips will perform will perform at the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. No seating is provided and lawn chairs will be allowed in designated areas only. General admission tickets are $32 in advance, party pit advance tickets are $38 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Chris Porter will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10, Friday at 9:45 pm for $12 and 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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour takes you through some of Peoria’s most beautiful and historic areas on Friday beginning at 11 am.  Their Naughty to Nice Tour traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present with stories of the city’s gangster era and driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder, will take place on Saturday at 11 am.  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.

The Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 2 – 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm. Featuring seminars, a shooting range, hunting exhibitors and a bowhunter tournament, tickets are $10 for ages 16 & up or $5 for ages 6 -15 in advance online at www.deerinfo.com or $13 for ages 16 & up at the door. Ages 5 & under are free.

The 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop will take place in Morton, Tremont, Pekin & Delevan on Friday from 5-9 pm. Featuring local art, performance demonstrations, live music and entertainment plus local shops and restaurants open, Fourth Friday will take place through November. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellArtLoop

The Gentleman’s Cigar Society of Peoria will host the 2017 GCS Cigar Summit at Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 7 pm on Saturday. Cigar representatives will be available to sell cigars and answer questions. There will also be cigar rolling demonstrations and liquor tasting. Admission is free. For more information, email mlittle@gentlemenscigarsociety.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Breeds 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

Getting Wilder with Chip Joyce will take place at The Waterhouse in the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning with dinner at 6 pm and the show following. Tickets are $36 with dinner or $11 for the show only and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.BroadwayPeoria.com

Metamora Music in Motion, a Drum Corps International Tour event, will take place at Malone Field at Metamora Township High School on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring eight open class drum and bugle corps including last year’s open class medalists Legends, Vanguard Cadets and Blue Devils B, general admission tickets are $11 in advance or $18 at the gate. For advanced tickets online, visit https://goo.gl/XBQFrD

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on the Alumni Quad on the Bradley University Campus 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

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

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

KC And The Sunshine Band will perform will perform at the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn on Friday beginning at 8 pm. No seating is provided and lawn chairs will be allowed in designated areas only. General admission tickets are $28 in advance and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Concert in the Vineyard will present Brushville at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. There is a $10 per person band cover or free admission for kids 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

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

JK Equine will present a back to basics Open Horse Show at the Heart of Illinois Arena (located at 9201 North Galena Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Competition viewing is open to the public and camping will also be available. Admission is free. For more information, call 217-781-2800.

The Annual Kids’ Day will be held on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm at the Levee District in East Peoria. Benefiting Crittenton Centers, this family friendly event features a 5K Run/Walk and a Kids’ Dash, inflatable bouncers, face painting, balloon fun, snow cones, a dunk tank, informational booths, live entertainment and more. Race registration is $30 in advance or $35 for same day registration. The Kids’ Dash is $20 for kids ages 2-5 and includes unlimited fun and games afterwards.  For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org/!/kids-day

Whitney’s Walk will take place at Jubilee College State Park on Saturday beginning at 7:55 am with the 5K Run and 8 am with the 5K Walk. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 12 & under. For more information or to register online, visit www.whitneyswalk.com

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

The 16th Annual Backpack Peoria will be held at Dream Center Peoria (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. 2500 backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away at the event. An adult must be present with each child and there is a limit of one backpack per child, which will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. In addition, students and families in Peoria Public Schools will be given the opportunity to meet their principal and register for school, as well as the chance to get needed dental exams plus a live DJ, games and food.  Donations of $15 per back pack may be made at http://backpackpeoria.org

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

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a public education meeting to learn about “The Management and Operations of a Public Utility: the Greater Peoria Sanitary District” at Advanced Medical Transport (located at 1718 N Sterling Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at at 10 am. Executive Director Stan Browning, will speak about how GPSD is organized and managed as a public utility. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.lwvgp.org

The 13th Annual Pekin Downtown Super Cruise will take place in downtown Pekin on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Featuring hundreds of hot rods, muscle cars, rat rods, classic cars, customs and lowriders plus food vendors, merchandise tents and DJ music, admission is free. For more information, visit www.pekinmainstreet.com/supercruise.html

Fiesta en el Rio will take place on Saturday beginning at 5 pm at the Riverfront park and at The Landing. Featuring authentic Latin American and Hispanic food, drink, music, a children’s area complete with a petting zoo, arts and crafts, bounce houses and more, admission is $7 before 6:30 pm or $10 after and kids 12 & under are free. For more information visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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

The Jim McCarty 74th Birthday Bash & CD Release Party will take place at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University Street in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $20, party pit advance tickets are $10 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County. Featuring children’s games this month there will also be various activities including hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. Admission is $3 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 10th Annual Backyard Talent Show will take place at Idlewood Park Pavilion (located at 495 E. Idlewood Ave. in Morton) on Sunday from 4 – 8 pm. Local children and teens will perform their special talent including singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and joke telling plus there will be jumpy houses, face painting and food. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and will benefit St Jude. Bring your lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1843609295913306

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday and Saturday running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An early cruise will also run from 11 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington on Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Tickets are $11 for dugout seating, $10 for field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concert in the Vineyard will present Jammsammich at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 or free for under 12. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. You may bring your own foods, but no beverages. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates will be available for sale. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My Fair Lady opens on Friday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) and runs through Saturday, June 10 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Dozer Field tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center, also on Friday, will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An early cruise will also run from 11 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Central Illinois Military Fest featuring WWII Comes Alive will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Allied and Axis troops will present authentic displays of equipment, weapons, tanks, and vehicles. Public battles each day will feature clashes between opposing sides in the war. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 17 with a maximum of $25 for family and free admission for kids under 5. For more information, visit www.centralilww2.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Municipal Band will begin their 80th season of summer concerts on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Featuring the presentation of colors by the Peoria Fire Department Color Guard and narrator Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, ISU Professor Michelle Vought will be the featured vocalist and the Peoria Municipal Band Trombone Four will perform their rendition of Lassus Trombone. Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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Central Illinois Ballet will present Beauty and the Beast at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. A fairytale old as time, it will transport you to enchanted castles and forests. Watch the stage come to life as candles, teacups, and wardrobes dance the night away. A story beloved by all, it’s a ballet that is truly unforgettable. Tickets are $25 for premiere seating or $18 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 309-620-3164 or by visiting www.CIBallet.com

The Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum runs through Monday. 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 Monday. For more information about any of these exhibits, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Encore 2017 featuring the Morton Civic Chorus continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Hartmann Center Theater on the Bradley University Campus. All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund (CIMKF), supporting kidney dialysis patients in the tri-county area. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-677-4966 or online at http://mortoncivicchorus.org

The 2017 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N State Route 29 in Chillicothe) beginning tonight (Thursday) with a pre-party and running through Sunday evening. With more than 20,000 attendees, the event features more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days. The festival also features a kid’s camp, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans plus a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit http://summercampfestival.com

An Town-Wide Garage Sale will take place in Henry throughout the town beginning at 9 am on Friday. Featuring a variety of items, the sale runs through Monday.

The Louie Louie Parade and River Jam will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday featuring a kazoo parade kicking off at 4:15 pm. Hosted by the Illinois Valley Striders, live music starts after the parade. Admission is free. For more information, visit  www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop will take place in Morton, Tremont, Pekin & Delevan on Friday from 5-9 pm. Featuring local art, performance demonstrations, live music and entertainment plus local shops and restaurants, Fourth Friday will take place through November. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellArtLoop

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Flying D’Rito Brothers 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

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday running 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 infants are free. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Guys in Ties will perform at The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets for the traveling improv comedy troupe are $16 for just the show or $41 for the show/dinner package which begins at 6 pm. For tickets, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/Broadway

The Peoria Area All-Stars Comedy Show will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Featuring Matt Hall, Howard Butler, Jeff Bailey, Michelle DeSutter, Jake Merch, Heath Thornton, Trey Mowder and host Joe Roderick, tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or by visiting www.jukeboxcomedy.com/shows.htm

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

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria Riverfront (located in the 200 Block of Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) on Saturday and continues each week through September 30 from 8 am – Noon.  Featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, plus local art, live music and demonstrations, for more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com

The Chillicothe Optimist River Run 5K and Fun Run will take place at City Park (located at 217 W Chestnut St. in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration for the run is $30 or $35 on race day with a $5 discount for active military or veterans or $25 for the walk.  Ages 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.chillicotheriverrun.com

The No Child Wet Behind 5K + 1 mile Fun Run + Diaper Drive will be held at Donovan Park (located at 5805 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 12 pm. Registration is $25 for the 5K or $10 for the 1 Mile Fun Run and kids are welcome. The funds and diapers raised for this race will be donated to the Crittenton Centers to address the diaper need in the community that plagues 1 in 3 families and contributes to maternal depression and child abuse. To register and for more information, visit www.heartlanddoulas.com/nochildwetbehind

The International Music, Wine and Craft Beer Festival will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday and Noon – 6 pm on Sunday rain or shine. Admission is $10 per person and includes souvenir tasting glass and 5 tasting tickets for ages 21 and over, $5 for ages 13 – 20, and 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Zoofest will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Enjoy bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and regular zoo exhibits. Admission is $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for children 3 – 12, $8.50 for senior citizens and active military and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

YMCA Summer Starter will take place at the Greater Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 N Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. The YMCA will host a variety of activities including bounce houses, knockerball, swimming and free food. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaymca.org/summer

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

Enjoy an evening on the lake at Camp Wokanda’s Night Paddle and Campfire Dinner (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm.  Cost is $15 per person or $50 for family maximum and includes canoes, paddles, personal floatation devices and a campfire dinner. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The annual Springdale Cemetery Memorial Day Event will take place at Soldier’s Hill on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Featuring a live music amd Central Illinois Historians plus the Peoria Garden Club will be selling small bouquets and cemetery vases with stakes for a loved one’s grave. For more information, visit www.springdalecemetery.com

The 3rd Annual Memorial Day Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk will be held at lower Glen Oak Park on Monday beginning at 8 am taking runners through Springdale Cemetery. The entry fee is $30 for adults and $15 for kids for the 5k Run/Walk, $20 for adults and $15 for kids for the 1 Mile Walk with all proceeds benefitting veterans in the Tri-County area. For more information, call 309-363-3737 or register online at www.ivfullercenter.org

Music on the Patio will feature Stewart’s Goose at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Monday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Ropp Jersey cheese and crackers and Chocolatier chocolates will be available or bring snacks or a picnic basket. Drinks must be purchased at the Vineyard. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com