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Here's our most recent issue from 7-30-2015:

Big Fish, Grease, Nana's Naughty Knickers, Rhapsody in Bloom, Murder Mystery & Brat Fest


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Eastlight Theatre's YouthLight 2015 will present the musical Big Fish beginning at 7:30 pm in the East Peoria High School Auditorium tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7:30 and at 2 pm on Sunday.  The story of a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some.  His incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him. Tickets are $19 and are available by calling 309-699-7469 or visiting  www.eastlighttheatre.com
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Nana's Naughty Knickers opens at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The 10th Annual Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day will take place all day today (Thursday): for every Blizzard treat sold at Dairy Queen locations in Peoria, Bloomington, Washington, Morton, Pontiac and Canton, $1 or more will be donated to the local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, including Children's Hospital of Illinois. For participating locations, visit www.miracletreatday.com
Exploring Telescopes at the Top of the World will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Giant Screen Theater at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6:30 pm. Planetarium Curator Renae Kerrigan, who spent 10 days in June exploring some of the world's most advanced telescopes in the Andes Mountains, will present a free lecture with a Q & A session following. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events
The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring the 7 West Band from 7 - 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at Idlewood Park (located at 450 E Greenwood St. in Morton). Admission is free and dinner & snacks will be available for purchase starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring your own picnic. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org
The CEFCU Jazz Series will present Illinois Central Jazz Train at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 - 10 pm. Admission is free. This series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Richard II tonight (Thursday) and Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm, Love's Labour's Lost beginning at 8 pm on Friday and Q Gents on Saturday beginning at 8 pm all at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 - $47 for adults and $20 - $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday - Friday from Noon - 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org 
See the ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report about the Illinois Shakespeare Festival HERE
Chris Kattan will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for the Thursday show and $21 for the Friday & Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
Peoria Historical Society's River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The "Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour" tells the story of Lincoln's visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You'll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher's Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the "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 Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher's Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. 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, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Library Con with Mario and Princess Peach will take place on Friday at the Lakeview Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 1137 W Lake Ave, Peoria) from 2 - 2:30 pm. Come to the Lakeview Branch to meet game stars Mario and Princess Peach.  For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org
The 2nd Annual Back to School Bash will run from 4 - 7 pm on Friday at AlignLife (located at 4812 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) featuring free scoliosis checks, fingerprinting and DNA collection by the Illinois CHIP program, information on dental health, college savings and more. There will be free food and a chance to win a $5,000 back-to-school shopping spree. For more information, call 309-689-6200.
The Carol House of Hope at The Center for Prevention of Abuse will hold its Annual Fish Fry on Friday from 5 - 7 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 715 N 11th St. in Pekin) to raise funds and awareness. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and can be purchased at the door or by calling 309-272-2919.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page & Speak Easy 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org
Peoria Players will host a Movie Night featuring Frozen at the Theatre (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated and will benefit the Peoria Players scholarship fund. Pictures with Anna & Elsa will be available along with refreshments and all are encouraged to dress as their favorite character. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org
The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Friday beginning at 7 pm at St. Philomena's church (located at 3300 N 12 Oaks Dr. in Peoria). They will also 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
Grease will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre in the main stage tent on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, August 8. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com
Susan and the Scissor Women will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday at 3 pm on Sunday. A musical, the show features fantasy elements, time travel and sword fighting and is suitable for all ages.  Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. To order tickets and for more information, call 480-216-7605.
Enjoy Peoria's evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with live entertainment included plus a cash bar will be available with boarding running from 8 - 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
The Hairbangers Ball will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
The RiverFront Market will take 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 www.peoriariverfront.com
The Annual Rhapsody in Bloom Art Festival will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located in Glen Oak Park off of Prospect Road in Peoria) from 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday and from 12 - 5 pm on Sunday. At this celebration of art, music, food, and bloom, browse more than 50 booths by regional artists, listen to live entertainment, enjoy a diverse range of culinary creations, art activities in the children's garden plus view the rose garden which is in full bloom. Admission is $3 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org
Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
The Fondulac District Library (located at 400 Richland St. in East Peoria) will host a Fun Fair on Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm to celebrate the end of the "Read to the Rhythm" summer reading program. There will be live music, food and activities for all ages. For more information, call 309-699-3917 or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org
A Minecraft Storyboarding Workshop will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 - 3 pm. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public. Focused on ages ages 9 and up, participants will dream up their very own Minecraft inspired storyboards while learning about the basic structure of stories, exploring their own ideas for building a plot and sketching out their ideas with help from a local artist. For more information or register, call 309-863-3034. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events
The Sound of Music will be shown on the Giant Screen Theatre on Saturday as part of the Movie Musicals Series at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens and students and $5.50 for youth aged 17 & under. For more information and for tickets, call 309-686-7000 or to buy online, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
The 2015 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 and the telethon continues with VIPs manning the phones. The telethon will be broadcast live on WEEK-TV. For more information, visit www.stjuderuns.org
Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Protege Rocks 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
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 a 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.
Heartache Tonight will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A tribute to the Eagles featuring all the classic songs from the great rock band, admission is $7 For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
Motion City Soundtrack with The Spill Canvas and Sorority Noise will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 - $99 with a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com
The Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German American Society will host the annual Bratfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon - 8 pm. Admission and parking are free. A traditional German Picnic held in a beautiful tree covered biergarten, for more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net
House Tours will take place at the Pettingill-Morron House (located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) and the Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE. Glen Oak Ave.) on Sunday from 1 - 4 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and teens ($10 each to tour both historic homes in 1 day), and $3 for children 4-12. Step back into the past and view "A Century of Beautiful Brides", wedding fashions, finery and portraitures from 1870-1970 at the Flanagan House Museum or experience "Miss Morron's World Travels" at the Pettnegill-Morron House Museum. For more information visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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