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Here's our most recent issue from 5-24-2018:

Broadway Backwards 2, Summer Camp, Peter Pan, Music, Wine & Craft Beer Festival & Memorial Day Events



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Broadway Backwards 2 will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and  on Sunday at 2 pm. Featuring some of your favorite musical theater songs but with a twist: performers who wouldn't normally be cast for these roles due to age, gender, body type and more will get to sing and dance like they were born to play them. Tickets are $20 for all ages and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
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The Streets Belong to Me will take place at Proctor Recreation Center (located at 309 S DuSable St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 4 - 7 pm. Featuring refreshments, a dunk tank, inflatables and a visit from Carl Cannon who will inspire our youth to get involved in positive activities and programs, especially through the park district, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org
The 2018 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 125 bands on 9 stages over 3 days. The festival also features a kid's camp, non-profit organizations, 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
Encore 2018 featuring the Morton Civic Chorus will take place tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and 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 http://mortoncivicchorus.org
The 31st Annual St. Jude Louie Louie Parade and RiverJam will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday featuring a kazoo parade kicking off at 4:30 pm. The RiverJam will feature live music by Jamm Sammich, 3 and a Half Men and more. Admission is free and for all ages. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
The Fourth Fridays 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 Arbor Creek on Friday from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org
A Star Wars Experience: Dinner & a Movie will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring a catered dinner with dessert, 2 drink tickets, a souvenir photo, popcorn, meet and greet with Star Wars characters, a pre-show presentation by StarWars.com writer, IGN contributor & Coffee with Kenobi host and co-creator, Dan Z. plus a showing of Solo: A Star Wars Story in the Giant Screen Theater, tickets are $60 for members and $75 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Central Illinois Ballet will present Peter Pan at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm. Premiere seating tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $15 for kids and general seating tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for kids 12 & under and $10 for ICC students and are available at by calling 309-620-3164 or by visiting www.CIBallet.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 each night. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz
Enjoy Peoria's evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment and a cash bar tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, and $14 for kids aged 4 - 15 and infants are free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
The Jukebox All-Stars will perform this weekend at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria). Tickets are $10 for both shows which are Friday and Saturday 8 pm and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or visiting www.jukeboxcomedy.com
The Chillicothe Optimist River Run 5K and Fun Run will take place at City Park (located at 217 W Chestnut St. in Chiilicothe) on Saturday at 8 am. Registration fees are $30 in advance or $35 on race day with a $5 discount for active military or veterans. Fees are $25 or free for ages 12 and under for the 1 mile Fun Run/Walk. For more information, visit www.chillicotheriverrun.com
The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria Riverfront every Saturday morning through September 29 from 8 am - Noon (located in the 200 Block of 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
The Tireless Project will hold its monthly collection of unwanted tires for Peoria residents at Jimax (located at 2000 W. Clark Street in Peoira) on Saturday from 9 - 11 am. The first 10 tires are free with a $1 charge for each subsequent tire (funds will be used for project supplies and neighborhood cleanups). The limit is 20 tires per customer and only passenger and truck tires 17" or less will be accepted (no rims or oversized tires). If tires are left after designated hours, a $200 fine for littering will be enforced. For more information, call 309-253-0192.
The No Child Wet Behind 5K and 1 mile Fun Run and Diaper Drive will be held at Donovan Park (located at 5805 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Registration is $25 for the 5K or $10 for the 1 Mile Fun Run.  Funds and diapers collected will benefit Crittenton Centers to address the diaper need in the community that plagues 1 in 3 families and contributes to maternal depression and child abuse. Help diaper baby bottoms by racing, donating diapers, or both. To register and for more information, visit www.heartlanddoulas.com
Sculpture Walk Peoria is hosting free guided tours of the sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton every Saturday through October 27. 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
A Memorial Day Service will take place at American Mausoleum (located at 7911 N Allen Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am. Featuring guest speaker William Loeffel who served 40 years in the U.S. Army and National Guard retiring in 2016 as Chief Warrant Officer Four, Field Artillery Branch. His speech will address the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The American Legion Limestone Post #979 will present the Color Guard, Honor Guard, Taps and 21-Gun Salute at the service. For more information, call 309-495-5028.
The 2018 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. Featuring over 50 wines and 60+ Craft beers for tasting and purchase from around the world, food will also be available. 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 more. Bring in 3 non-perishable food items and receive a free t-shirt from the Zoo (limit 1 shirt per person). 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
The Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 North Fleming Lane in Peoria) Summer Starter Kick-Off will take place on Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. Test out the equipment and swim in the pool by simply signing in with a valid ID (ages 18+). Featuring a bounce house, games and activities plus YMCA membership giveaways, admission is free. Enjoy free food and hot dogs while supplies last. For more information, visit www.peoriaymca.org
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 calling 309-637-8000, at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Yoga Under the Stars will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm with "Energetic Flow" and at 8 pm with "Slow Flow". Bring your mat and a light blanket. All sessions last 90 minutes. Cost is $20 for members or $25 for the public with pre-registration required and can be made by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
A Wine & Art Night will take place at the Riverfront Museum from 7 - 9 pm. Instructor Nana Ekow Maison will guide you in creating you own unique recreation of Water Lilies, Evening Effect by Claude Monet. Cost is $30 for members or $33 for the public and includes all materials, wine and light snacks. Participants must be 21 or older and seating is limited. Tickets are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Heartland Festival Orchestra will present James Bond 007 at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Rachel York, soprano soloist in a program of the greatest "Bond" musical hits through the years from movie themes to lead songs, tickets are $38 for adults and $10 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org
Jazz Night featuring the David Hoffman Quartet will take place at Knuckles Pizza (located at 1719 W Woodside Dr in Dunlap) on Saturday at 8 pm. Hoffman has played around the world as a member of the band of the late Ray Charles as well as in the reunions of the band in recent years. Admission is free. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org
The 4th 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. All proceeds from the run will be used to make home repairs for veterans in the Tri-County area. For more information, or by call 309-363-3737 or to register online, visit www.ivfullercenter.org
The RiverFront Memorial Day Celebration will be held in Marshall Plaza (under the Gateway Building located at the foot of Main Street in Peoria) on Monday beginning at 10:30 am. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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