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Here's our most recent issue from 8-27-2015:

Erin Feis, Dunlap Days, Duck Race, Barbershop Sing-In-The-Park, Comedy Rocks & Chiefs


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Erin Feis will take place at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront from 4 - 11:30 pm on Friday, 11:30 am - 11:30 pm on Saturday, and 9:30 am - 6 pm on Sunday. Showcasing Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink and cultural exhibits, there will be Irish bands, musicians and dancers on multiple stages, a vendor marketplace, and much more. Admission is $8 before 5 pm, $10 after 5 pm, and $15 for a full weekend pass. For more information, visit www.erinfeispeoria.com
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The Color Purple continues at Corn Stock Theatre with performances beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday. The musical version of the popular movie, tickets are extremely limited and 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.cornstocktheatre.com 
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The Annual Dunlap Days Festival will be held at North Park (JFL Field located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) beginning at 6 pm tonight (Thursday), 6 pm on Friday & 8 am on Saturday. There will be live entertainment by Jamm Sammich, a bags tournament, a carnival, a petting zoo, a beer garden & food, a pancake & sausage breakfast (on Saturday morning), crafts & vendors, a decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest & parade, face painting and more. For complete information, visit www.villageofdunlap.com
The Keller Williams Trio featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes plus special guests Old Shoe will perform at Peoria RiverFront on the CEFCU Center Stage tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the gate and are available online at www.jaytv.com
Mitch Fatel will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday show and $15 for the Friday and Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
Peoria Historical Society's Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in August beginning at 11 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 plus an extra early cruise on Saturday 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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Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at the corners of Knoxville & Prospect) on Friday from 4 - 8 pm. Featuring all types of art mediums on display, you'll also find interactive artists such as face painting, balloon artists and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com/events
Dinosaur Family Night will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 - 8 pm. Featuring a tour of the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibition, a maker's space where you can try your hand at creating artistic sculptures and move-able models of your favorite dinosaurs, a fossil station where you'll learn how fossils form and make one of your own to keep.  At the end of the night, you'll immerse yourself in the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with "Prehistoric Planet 3D" in the Giant Screen Theater. A snack bar, photo-booth, and scavenger hunt will also be available. Admission is $20 for member families and $25 for non-member families. To register and for more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/588
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rosser Brothers Band 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
A Salvage aRT Auction will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Salvage Art contains some component salvaged or diverted from the trash/landfill: any art media is allowed. Some examples can be sculpture, pottery, furniture, glassware, quilts, clothing, accessories, paintings & jewelry. Admission is $10 at the door and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Peoria. For more information, call 309-840-2457 or visit www.salvageartfundraiser.com
Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday beginning  at 6 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/current.html
Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Spring Creek Station 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 an additional $5. For more information, visit: www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com
Central Illinois Food4all Food Drive, a community-wide food drive, will take place at all 12 Kroger locations in the Peoria area on Saturday & Sunday. Benefitting local food pantries through distribution of goods by Midwest Food Bank, participate by donating dry or canned foods or if you'd like to volunteer, visit http://tinyurl.com/CIFood4All2015
The South Side Stride 5k at Dunlap Days will begin at North Park (located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) on Saturday at 8 am. Registration is $15 for the 1 mile walk and $25 for the 5k run and includes a t-shirt.  For more information, visit www.southsidemission.org
The 37th Annual Zoo Run Run benefiting the Peoria Zoo begins at 8:30 am on Saturday with a quarter-mile youth run and 5K Grand Prix race though the Peoria Zoo and Glen Oak Park. Registration includes a 2015 Zoo Run Run t-shirt, prizes and post-race food. Registration forms are available in the Safari Gift Shop or online at www.peoriazoo.org and the cost is $25 for the 5k for members and $12 for youth members, $30 for non-members and $15 for youth non-members.
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
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
Bishop Hill Chautauqua will take place at the Heritage Association (located at 103 N. Bishop Hill Street at the village park gazebo in Bishop Hill) beginning at 10 am on Saturday and at 1 on on Sunday. Themed "Lincoln and The Civil War", you will "meet" Lincoln, his boyhood friend Austin Gollaher, his law partner William Hendon, Elizabeth Keckley, a freed woman and first ladies' confidant, and James Monroe, the Drummer Boy of Shiloh. Bring a lawn chair for this free event. For more information, call 309 927-3899 or visit www.bishophillheritage.org/news-events
The 9th Annual Morton Strongman Contest 'Muscle on Main' will be held on Main Street in downtown Morton on Saturday from 10:30 am - 3 pm. The public is invited to view amazing feats of strength by dedicated athletes. There will also be food available for purchase. Admission for spectators is free.
The 27th Annual Duck Race benefiting The Center for Prevention of Abuse will kick off at Noon on Saturday with the race beginning at 2 pm at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria. A fundraiser for the organization, cost to adopt a duck is $5. Winning ducks are selected at random when the thirty-thousand ducks will race down a slip-n-slide along the street entrance. Prizes include a $5,000 cash grand prize plus gift cards to popular retail stores and restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse. For more information and to adopt ducks, visit www.duckrace.com/peoria
The Mulligans for Miracles Golf Outing will take place at Weaver Ridge Golf Club (located at 5100 N WeaverRidge Blvd in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Registration is $600 for a team for a 4 person Golf Scramble with dinner and music to follow, along with many other activities. All proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital of Illinois. For more information and to register online, visit www.risinuptothechallenge.org
Art-spiration: Be the Dinosaur will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 2 - 3 pm. This free family-friendly workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation, and imagination by creating your very own dinosaur costumes in time to visit Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
The 18th Annual Lobster Roast will take place at Angus Weaver Farm (located at 5806 W War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 - 10 pm. Featuring special guest comedian Tim Cavanagh, cost is $150 per person.  For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org
The Beers and Beards Beard & Mustache Competition will take place at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a full selection of local beer, a six category beard and mustache competition, local food and music, part of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Dog Park and Peoria Humane Society. General admission pre-sale online is $7.50 and $15 at the door. 21 and up, wristbands given at door with ID. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PeoriaBeersandBeards
The 54th Annual Peoria Barbershop Sing-In-The-Park will take place on Saturday at Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring the Pride of Peoria chapter quartets and the Bloomington "Happy Hour Harmony" quartet, admission is free. For more information, call 309-643-5658 or visit www.prideofpeoria.com
Comedy Rocks, direct from Chicago's famed iO Theater Home of Long-Form Improvisation and Chicago's Best Improv Comedy, will perform at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org
Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Spring Creek Station on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair fpr lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5. For more information, visit: www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com
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. Admission is $2.25 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org
The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids on Sunday beginning at 5 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

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