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Here's our most recent issue from 6-22-2017:

Rhythms on the River, Olde English Faire,  Food Truck & Music Festival & Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob

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Caribbean Rhythms on the River will take place on the Spirit of Peoria tonight (Thursday) boarding at 5 pm and leaving dock at 6:30 pm. Featuring a "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" themed meal, the cruise on the Illinois river and and live music by the CoCo Loco party band playing your favorite "Tropical Rock and Roll for Your Soul" from artists such as Jimmy.Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Santana and Zac Brown, the event is a fundraiser for the Peoria Historical Society. Tickets are $35 and children under 12 are free. For more information and tickets, call 309-674-1921 visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org
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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens Friday and runs through next Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play about middle aged siblings full of resentments and regrets that lead to hilarious confrontations but ultimately reconciliations and hope for their futures. 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
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The 50th Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will take place at the Itoo Hall (Located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am - 7 pm. Featuring beef and chicken shish-ka-bob in pita bread, cabbage rolls and Lebanese salad and bread, Lebanese bakery items and pastries will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for children under 12 with carry outs available. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.facebook.com/itoosociety 
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Cats continues at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. 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
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The 2017 Princeville Heritage Days will take place tonight (Thursday) through Sunday in downtown Princeville. Featuring food, a carnival, a beer tent, live entertainment, an art show, a talent show, an auction plus vendors, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull and a parade, there will also be a pancake & sausage breakfast and community church service on Sunday.  Admission is free until 7 pm on Saturday, then admission is $3. For more information, visit www.princeville.org
JC and The Redemption will perform at the Idlewood Arts Pavillion (located at 495 E Idlewood Ave. in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 6 - 9 pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and the family. Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org
The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz Series featuring the Joe Policastro Trio will take place tonight (Thursday) at CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront from 7 - 9 pm. Admission is free and supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
Dustin Ybarra will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $10, 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
The Day of Enlightenment will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Friday from 10 am - 3 pm.  Kids aged 7 - 12 will spend the day amongst lords, ladies, knights, squires, falconers and war horses plus see and feel what the Medieval era was like through an interactive educational experience. Participants will receive free admission to the Olde English Faire on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission for children is $6 and adults are $9 with lunch available for $7. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.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 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.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature their Harmonica Invitational 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
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 will be open.  Fourth Friday will take place through November. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellArtLoop
The State & Water Music Program Taping will feature Woodland Remedy at the WTVP Studio (located at 101 State St. in Peoria) on Friday with seating beginning at 6 pm. Be a part of the studio audience during a live video taping of the program sponsored by Kidder Music and Limelight Eventplex. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.facebook.com/events/279443042522855
The Wizard of Oz will be featured at Family Movie Night in the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the ICC East Peoria Campus) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $2 and concessions will be available. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or for tickets, visit www.iccticketing.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
Too White Crew will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Friday from 8:30 - 11:30 pm. Fly Crew dancers will bring back all those hot moves from back in the day.  Admission is $8. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
The City of Peoria Public Works Department will host a Free Mulch Giveaway and Electronics Recycling Event at the Lester D. Bergsten Public Works Facility (located at located at 3505 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am - Noon. City of Peoria residents should bring their own shovels to hand-shovel mulch into small vehicles or trucks. The City will accept an unlimited amount of electronic equipment during the event, but only one TV per vehicle. For more information, call 309-494-8850.
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 Morton Chalk Challenge will take place in downtown Morton on Saturday from 8 am - 9 pm. Chalk pastels will be provided and ample space to create a temporary piece of art. Cash prizes will be awarded for kids 8 and under, juniors 9 - 13, teens 14 - 17, and adults 18 and over. Preregistration appreciated. There will live music from 4 - 8 pm.  Admission is free and pre-registration is available at www.mortonmagnet.com
The Olde English Faire will take place at the Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am- 5 pm. Featuring entertainment such as jousting, sword fighting, storytellers, archery and falconry there will also be vendors, food and more on hand. One day admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 3 to 12 and kids 2 and under are free. Parking is $5. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/faire
The HOI Food Truck and Music Festival will be held at the Pekin VFW (located at 15665 VFW Rd. in Pekin) from 10 am - 11 pm on Saturday and 11 am - 7 pm on Sunday. Live music begins at 11:30 am each day featuring rock & metal on Saturday and country on Sunday as well as area Food Trucks plus local businesses and vendors. Single day tickets are $20 in advance or $30 for two day tickets and $10 for two tickets for teens 14 - 18. Ages 13 and under are free. For a full listing of entertainment and to purchase tickets online, visit www.facebook.com/events/1216272038421736
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
Lego Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am - 2 pm. Kids can build, play, and grow their love of Legos. Regular admission applies which is $9.50 for adults over 13,  $6 for ages 2 - 12 and $8.50 for senior citizens. For tickets and more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org
The Just Tri It Triathalon will take place at the Greater Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 N Fleming Lane) on Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm.  Geared toward ages 12 and over, the triathalon is designed to introduce newcomers to the sport of triathlon and provide a challenging training tool for veteran triathletes. All participants will receive 4 free YMCA guest passes, t-shirts for the first 25 participants registered, water and fruit for each competitor and more. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for the public. For more information, visit www.peoriaymca.org
RoboRumble will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon - 5 pm. See and operate large and small robots and watch two Lego robots battle for turf. Admission is free, but regular admission is required for museum exhibits.  For more information, visit www.riverfrontmuseum.org
Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Beatles at 6 pm and Laser U2 at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for one show and $12 for both shows or $5 for one show or $8 for both shows for members. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Biscuits & Gravy Band will perform 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 information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com
Brian Howe, former lead singer for Bad Company, will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday from 7:30 - 11:30 pm. Also featuring Maiden Cane, tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show. For tickets and more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
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. This month features fence building plus other 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 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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