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Here's our most recent issue from 5-21-2015:

D-Day Normandy, Piano Championship, Summer Camp, Chiefs, Louie Louie & Memorial Day Remembrances


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D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D will open on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater with shows every hour from 11 am - 4 pm. Featuring a display of period vehicles and artifacts, the Central Illinois World War II Reenactors will be on hand along with veterans to give personal comments about the movie and the battle. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, "D-Day: Normandy 1944" brings this monumental event to the world's largest screens for the first time ever. Tickets are $5 for veterans & active duty forces and their families, $5 for members, $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (ages 60+) and $5 for children (ages 3-17). For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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The 41st Annual World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival will take place this weekend around the Peoria area with ragtime and honky-tonk piano players from around the world competing for more than $4,000 in cash prizes. Starting with dinner at Sky Harbor Steakhouse tonight (Thursday) and continuing with a Spirit of Peoria cruise on Friday, the contests and competitions will take place at the Embassy Suites East Peoria throughout the weekend. For more information, call 217-356-3012 or visit www.oldtimepianocontest.org
The 2015 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N State Route 29 in Chillicothe) beginning Thursday with a pre-party and running through Sunday evening. With more than 15,000 attendees, the event features more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days. The festival also features a kid's camp, an extensive representation of non-profit organizations, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans, a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit www.summercampfestival.com
Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 7. On Thursdays, 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 Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

A Night with Josh Turner, the Heartland Hero Benefit Concert, will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 6:45 pm. The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter will hold its Annual Heartland Heroes event as part of this concert experience. Floor table and ticket sponsorship packages are available by calling 309-677-7272. Tickets are $33 and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Morton Civic Chorus presents its "Encore 2015" concert series benefiting CIMKF (Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund) at the Hartmann Center Theatre on Bradley University campus tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 and are available from any chorus member, at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N.Crestline Dr. in Peoria), at Morton Community Bank (located at 218 N. Main in Morton), by phone at 309-677-4966, at the door and online at www.mortoncivicchorus.org
Ben Moore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $12 for the the Friday and Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
The Spirit of Peoria will host the PianoStravaganza Cruise on Friday with boarding at 10:30 am and cruises from 11 am - 1 pm. The cruise features Johnny Maddox on the piano in addition to a hot lunch lunch buffet. Tickets are $35 for adults and $17.50 for children aged 4 - 12 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
The 51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show continues at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria during regular hours which are Monday - Saturday at 9 am - 6 pm. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features a variety of mediums. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org
The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration concludes on Friday at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.
The Louie Louie Festival hosted by the Illinois Valley Striders will take place on the Peoria RiverFront on Friday featuring a kazoo parade and live music beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Ed & Judy Howard 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
New Odyssey, showcasing "3 Guys" playing 30 different musical instruments, will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 general public, $10 students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com
The RiverFront Market opens this week on the Peoria riverfront and will take place 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 Murph Challenge will take place on Saturday locally at CrossFit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights) with heats at 8 am & 9 am. Join people across the US in honoring fallen service members this Memorial Day by participating in the event named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2005. The work-out consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and another 1-mile run. There is no fee to participate, however registration is available along with donations for the LT. Mike Murphy Scholarship Foundation at www.themurphchallenge.com  For more information, call 309-682-9348.
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 - 3:30 pm. 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 at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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Laser Light Night featuring the music of the Beatles & Led Zeppelin will take place in the Dome Planetium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 6 pm (Beatles) and 7 pm (Zeppelin). Tickets are free for members, $5 for one show or $8 both shows available at the front desk or by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
The 1st Annual Memorial Day Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk will be held on Monday at lower Glen Oak Park beginning at 7:30 am taking runners through Springdale Cemetery. The entry fee is $30 prior to race weekend and $35 on race weekend with a $5 discount for Veterans. Awards will be given at "Picnic Party" after run. Proceeds will be used for Central Illinois Home Repair Projects for Veterans. For more information, or by call 309-363-3737 or to register online, visit https://register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=11868
A Memorial Day Remembrance Service will be held on Monday in Marshall Plaza (under the Gateway Building located at the foot of Main Street in Peoria) beginning at 10:30 am paying tribute to all of the men and women who have fought for America's freedom. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
The Peoria County Veterans' War Memorial Committee will hold a Memorial Day Observance at the World Wars I & II Veterans Memorial at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Monday beginning at 1pm. People who have purchased a brick throughout the year to honor a Peoria County veteran are invited to attend and the public is welcome.
The Annual South-West Kiwanis Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday at the Vietnam War Memorial located near the Prospect Road entrance to Glen Oak Park beginning at 1 pm. Richwoods High School Marine ROTC will parade and retire colors, there will be a 21 gun salute and keynote speaker will be Vietnam War Veteran David Reed Clark.

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