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Disney’s The Lion King Jr. will be presented by Children’s Community Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) at 7 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens at the Noble Center, at the door during performances or online at www.cctpeoria.org/tickets

Adult Night will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd.) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. The 21 and over event features a cash bar, keeper chats and animal meet and greets. Enjoy an adult beverage while strolling through the Zoo until twilight.  Admission is $15 per person and registration is required. For registration and more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

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

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

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

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm on Saturday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $16 to $49 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit http://illinoisshakes.com

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

The General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place for the newly expanded home (located at 403 S. Olive Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 10 am. The expansion will provide a home for 15 homeless veterans. For more information, call 309-682-1113 ext. 2151 or visit www.goodwillpeo.org

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

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

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

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

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

Nick Guerra will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with $15 tickets and at 9:45 pm with $12 tickets. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 8 pm.  Tickets range from $16 to $49 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit http://illinoisshakes.com

Cheap Trick and .38 Special will perform on the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Stage at the Landing on Friday at 8 pm. No seating is provided and lawn chairs are allowed in designated areas only.  Tickets are $38. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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

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 6th Annual Kids Muddy Madness for St. Jude will take place at Westwood Park (located at 2232 E Veterans Rd in Morton) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. Kids aged 3 – 9  can run, jump, and get muddy on the 9 obstacle course. Registration is $20 per child. For registration or more information, visit www.kidsmuddymadness.com

The 2nd Annual Warbirds on the Warpath Radio Controlled Military Fly-In will take place at 10451 Old Galena Road in Chillicothe on Saturday & Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Honor Flight. Admission is free. Landing fee is $20 including lunch. Hosted by the Peoria Radio Control Modelers, for more information, visit www.peoriarcmodelers.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

Writers on the River will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring over 80 romance authors, including some from the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, book signing begins at Noon for VIP guests and 1 pm for general admission. All proceeds will benefit Thistle Farms, a sanctuary for healing women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.writersontheriver.weebly.com

Turnpike Troubadours will perform at the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Stage at the landing on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. General admission lawn tickets are $28, Party Pit tickets are $35 and VIP tickets are $45.  Tickets are available online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Morton Downtown Super Cruise & Tractor Show will run on Saturday from 4 – 9 pm. The downtown streets and parking lots between Jefferson and Chicago Street will fill with over 500 cars manufactured from 1930 – 2013 plus there will be a new Tractor section featuring restored farm equipment.  Also enjoy 1950`s music and all American food in downtown Morton restaurants. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.morton-il.gov

A Concert in the Park will take place at Alpha Park (located at 3527 S Airport Rd. in Bartonville) on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Featuring the band Sidetracked, admission is free. Concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.alphapark.org

Foster Pet Outreach’s Doggone Trivia Night will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Cost is $40 and includes a catered dinner, a 50/50 raffle and prizes. For more information, visit www.kickapoowinery.com

Concerts in the Vineyard will present Sweetwater 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

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

Celebrate Peoria: Eid al Fitr will take place at the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Eid al Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan fasting. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.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 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument down to the Nature Center for a jam session. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at Washington Park (located at 1003 Westgate Rd. in Washington) on Sunday from 6 – 8 pm. Complimentary Ice Cream will be served. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/theoriginalskazzband

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

Fitz and the Tantrums will perform at the Peoria Riverfront on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Sunday from 8 – 11 pm. Tickets are $33 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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