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The regional premiere of School of Rock will be presented by Eastlight Theatre's YouthLight program (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Music for the stage musical was produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber with 14 new songs in addition to all of the original songs from the movie. Featuring a live kids' rock band, tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com
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The 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). The shows include Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Peter and the Starcatcher with performances at 7:30 pm Tuesdays - Thursdays and Sundays and at 8 pm on Fridays & Saturdays through August 13. Tickets range from $20 - $47 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.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org
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The Illinois Art League All Members Exhibit will be on display at the Peoria Public Library Main Library in downtown Peoria through Saturday, July 30. Members of the League share their work in a wide variety of subjects and media with the public during this all member show.  An art sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, from 9 am - 4 pm with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org
The city of Chillicothe will host a Corn Fest and City Garage Sale which will take place tonight (Thursday) in City Park from 5 - 8 pm. Featuring food, live music by Hoosier Daddy, local vendors, the city wide garage sale will also be kicked off which will take place through the weekend. For more information, visit http://www.chillicothechamber.com/calendar.htm
The Peoria Zoo will host an Adults Only Night for ages 21 + tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Featuring a cash bar, keeper chats, and animal meet and greets and an adult only zoo experience. Admission at the door is $15. For more information, visit https://www.peoriazoo.org/adult-night-zoo-21
Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Admission is $10 for family of 4 with additional children $2 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.
Arts in the Park will feature Cousin Eddie at the Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org
Mike Armstrong will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
The Summerland Tour 2016 will take place on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 or $30 at the gate and are available at http://www.limelighteventplex.com  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events
The Peoria Historical Society's "Naughty to Nice Tour" will run Friday beginning at 11 am tracing triumphs through time from the 1920's to the present.  It entails stories of the city's gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria's most notorious crime scene: the Bernie Shelton murder. Their "River City Tour" winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their "Roll Out the Barrel Tour" takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you'll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria also on Saturday at 1:30 pm.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org
The American Red Cross will host a Summer Super Hero Blood Drive at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Friday from 11 am - 6 pm. All donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt and a certificate for a free pint of Culvers frozen custard. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter code SUPERHERO or call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment.
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am 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 Gentleman's Cigar Society of Peoria will host the 2016 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 plus there will also be cigar rolling demonstrations and liquor tasting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-339-2896.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Lizzie Neal Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org
Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.
Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 - 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com
Family Movie Night will feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $1 per person or free for kids under 2. Concessions will be available. For tickets or more information, call or visit www.ArtsAtICC.com
An Evening With Shaun Livingston will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring a sports memorabilia silent auction & raffle, live auction and live entertainment by Preston Jackson, tickets are $75 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com
An Emerging Artist Cabaret will be held at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N. Park Rd. in West Peoria) from 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Featuring young artists who have appeared in local theatre productions, performances will include selections from new as well as favorite musicals. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
Enjoy Peoria's evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 - 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 - 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock - no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
Wedding Banned will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events
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 per person to participate. For more information or to register online, visit www.whitneyswalk.com
The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am - Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market
The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament returns to Peoria at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N Allen Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm on Saturday and 8 am on Sunday. Featuring a slam dunk competition, a non-denominational worship service on Sunday and a 3-point contest, admission for spectators is free. For more information, visit https://macker.com/cities/peoria-il
The 15th 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. For more information, visit www.dreamcenterpeoria.org Donations of $15 per back pack may be made at http://backpackpeoria.org
Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed recently on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org
Super Hero Days will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday & Sunday from 11 am - 2 pm. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero and enjoy animal encounters, games, crafts and activities featuring their favorite comic book super heros as well as local heroes in Central Illinois. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids aged 2 - 12, $8 for senior citizens and active military and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaZoo
Scouting at the Museum: Sky is the Limit will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Dome Planetarium on Saturday from Noon - 3 pm. The workshop, which is intended to help Tiger Cub Scouts learn astronomy and earn their Sky is the Limit belt loop, will include a planetarium show, a lesson on constellations and the science behind the stars and hands-on time for Scouts to make their own planisphere (star-chart) and practice with them plus observe the daytime moon through a telescope (weather permitting). Fee is $20 per scout and includes admission to the museum. For more information and to register, call 309-868-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Fiesta en el Rio will take place at the Riverfront park and at The Landing on Saturday with a $7 admission from 5 - 6:30 pm and $10 from 6:30 - 10:30 pm or free for ages 12 & under. Featuring authentic Latin American food, drink, a traveling mariachi band and local musicians Banda Show Revelacion, Nortenisimo Zierro Azul and Los Campas Del Terre. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events
The 12th Annual Miss You Can Do It Pageant, a national non-profit pageant created just for girls and women with special needs and challenges, will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 and $15 are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272
The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin on Saturday & Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
The 2016 St. Jude Telethon will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 6:30 pm to Midnight. The runner's parade welcoming participants from all 38 runs, including the Memphis to Peoria Run, will be held from 6:30 to 7 pm. The telethon will be broadcast live on WEEK-TV. For more information, visit www.stjuderuns.org
A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Loose Shoes on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com
Nyk's Outrageous Cabaret: Best of Local Musicals will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and available at https://www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information call 309-494-9100.
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 with this month's theme, laundry. Admission is $3 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org
Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon - 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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

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