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Encore 2019, Chiefs, Riverfront Market & Sculpture Walk Opening & Wingfest

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Encore 2019 featuring the Morton Civic Chorus will take place Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm each night and on Sunday at 2 pm at the Hartmann Center Theater on the Bradley University Campus. Under the direction of Denise Adams, 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  

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Sip Savor Smoke will take place at the Trailside Event Center (located at 4416 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring whiskey, food by chefs Dustin Allen (Edge), Jeff Madden (Kemp 208), Andrea Widley (Creve Coeur Club) and Hugh Higgins (Hearth), as well as hand-rolled cigars from STL cigars plus live music.  A fundraiser for CASA of the Tenth Circuit, tickets are $200 per person and include 7 whiskey tastings, 4 small plates plus a premium cigar and are.available by calling 309-669-2939 or online at HERE
Brexit, Then and Now will be discussed at Barrack's Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Dr. David Cleeton, chair of the Economics Department and professor of economics and European policy at Illinois State University, will explore the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union and its ramifications on the global economy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available by calling 309-677-2454 or online at
The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities at Dozer Park (located at 730 SW Jefferson Ave) at 6:35 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:05 pm on Sunday. Individual tickets are $15 for advance dugout seating, $13 for advance field seating and $9 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at
The 2019 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration concludes for the season at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday from 11 am - 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 12,000 students from 100 schools from pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties who will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For more information and a schedule, visit
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crowe Band on Friday from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 - 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm - 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit
Peoria Players Theatre's 100th Anniversary Gala will take place at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. The Centennial Celebration will be combined with the theatre's annual Normie Awards honoring the 2018-2019 season. Featuring dinner, drinks, live entertainment by the Jim Markum Swing Band plus Oscar winner Tami Lane, a prosthetic makeup artist who won the Academy Award for Best Makeup for the 2005 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, who started her career at Peoria Players. Tickets are $60 and are available by calling 309-688-4473 or online at
Colter Wall will perform at Monarch Music Hall (located at 8102 N. University St in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show. For tickets and more information, visit
Jeff Richards will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm and Saturday with shows at 7:15 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at
The RiverFront Market opens on the Peoria Riverfront Saturday morning and runs through September 28 from 8 am - Noon.  Due to flooding, the first two Saturdays of the Market - May 18 & May 25 - will be held at the corner of Water and Hamilton Streets across from the Gateway Building. Featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, plus local art, live music, and demonstrations each week, for more information, visit
Sculpture Walk Peoria's Opening Day will take place on Peoria Riverfront Museum's Sun Plaza on Saturday from 9 am - Noon. Meet the artists who have created the 9 new sculptures along Washington Street and enjoy live music from Sarah & The Underground and Projekts plus interactive art activities from a wide variety of organizations focused on arts education. Admission is free and all Sculpture Walk attendees will receive free general admission to the Peoria Riverfront Museum. For more information, call call 309-676-2787 or visit
The Clyde West Fishing Derby will take place at Glen Oak Park (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Prizes and fishing materials will be provided with no fishing license required for ages 15 and under. Admission is free. For more information, visit
The Old State Hospital Bazaar will be held at the Peoria State Hospital grounds (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) on Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. Featuring local artists, crafters, antiques and other unique vendors, there will also be a car show aisle, costumed actors sharing Peoria State Hospital history and the Peoria State Hospital Museum curator and historian, admission is free. For more information, click HERE
Kitten Yoga will take place at the Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 N Fleming Ln. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. 20 kittens will wander through the class all of which are available for adoption plus breakfast items will be available before and after class. Cost is $25 per person and 12-14 year olds must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, visit
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & 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 calling 309-637-8000, at the dock or online at
Rolling of the Bulls Part Deux will take place at Pour Bros. Craft Taproom (located at 4450 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. The team and friends will chase participants with plastic ball bats on a designated course while wearing skates with an after-party featuring Dexter O'Neal and the Funk Yard. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. Tickets are $20 - $24 and are available at
The German-American Central Society will host the 63rd National Sangerfest of the North American Singers Association at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. General Admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at
Enjoy live music with Black Velvet at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit
The 2019 Peoria WingFest will take place at Festival Park on the Peoria RiverFront on Sunday from 11 am - 1 pm (for VIP ticketholders) and from 1 - 5 pm for general admission. Enjoy wings from participating restaurants, live entertainment by Barstool Heroes and The Blank Stairs plus a selection of unique craft beers. Area restaurants will compete for 1st place awards for hottest, traditional, exotic, barbeque and "best in show" wing categories. General admission is $5 in advance or $10 at the gate or free for kids 10 & under with a paid adult. VIP admission is $62 and includes a goodie bag, two drink tickets as well as a vote in each of the award categories for the best wings in Peoria. Proceeds will benefit EP!C. Tastings are not included and can be purchased for $2 each which includes 2-3 wings. For advanced tickets and more details, visit
A Community Spring Celebration will take place at the First Baptist Church (located at 411 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring live music by Dexter O'Neal and the Funk Yard, face painting for children, inflatables, lawn games and food trucks, admission is free. For more information, click HERE
Rudra, An Essence of Shiva will be presented by the Mythili Dance Academy at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Choreographed Rama Suresh, the solo thematic classical dance presentation by Prasanna Jeer will showcase the dancing rhythms of Lord Shiva's creation and destruction through dynamic compositions in classical Bharatanatyam. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12 and are available HERE
The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present their May "Jazz Nights in the Heights" featuring Travis Wesley at the Trailside Event Center (located at 4416 N Prospect Rd in Peoria Heights) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring Travis on piano, Tom Marko on drums, and Crystal Rebone on bass, the CI Jazz House band will open. Admission is $6 for members, $10 non-members and free for students with a cash bar and food available for purchase. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit

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