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Historical Trolley Rides in Peoria Heights Area

July 30, 2015 - Trolleys start at 11 am
Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce
1203 E. Kingman
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
309-282-7733
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The Peoria Historical Society offers Trolley Tours in the Peoria Heights and Peoria areas. You can explore the area’s past with one of the fascinating, historical tours. The 2015 summer schedule will be Thursday & Friday departing from Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights at 11 am. and Saturdays from Kelleher’s on Water St in Peoria at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Tours will be offered from June through the end of October. Many Peoria Heights Chamber members will offer special discounts with your trolley ticket in our boutiques, unique shops, and restaurants. For more information visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com and Facebook.

Sculpture Walk Peoria

July 30, 2015
ArtsPartners
Washington Street - from Liberty to State
Peoria, IL
(309) 676-2787
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15 large scale sculptures / crafted by sculptors from 7 states /
installed for one year / spread along Washington Street / transforming Peoria’s Warehouse District / #sculptpeoria


 
 

Tractor Month at Wheels O' Time Museum

July 30, 2015 - 12:00PM to 05:00PM
Wheels O' Time Museum
1710 Woodside Drive
Dunlap, Il 61525
309-243-9020
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Wheels O’ Time Museum, 1710 W. Woodside Dr., Dunlap, Il 61525, (N. Knoxville & W. Woodside Dr.) has a new display in the for July in the Early Ford V8 show room featuring antique Ford and Ford powered tractors.

The “tractors with stories” on display are:

1931 8N with only 125 original hours,

restored Ford 8N

1932 Thieman kit tractor, featured in Vintage Tractor Digest

1932 Schramm

Fordson Tractor

Other tractors at Wheels O’ Time Museum are John Deere, IH, Caterpillar, Best and Holt.

In addition to the special display for the month of July more tractors will be at museum for a few days later in the month. The Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club will display tractors at the Heart of Illinois Fair July 10-19th.

(www.citractorclub.com). Some of the tractors from the Heritage Tractor Club will relocate to Wheels O’ Time Museum for an outdoor display July 19-24th. They will be available to view during the hours the museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Admission: $6.50 adults, $3.50 ages 3-11. The museum has other antique farm implements and many ongoing displays in four buildings.

Website:www.wheelsotime.org facebook Trip Advisor Dunlap

Night Out in the Heights: Shop til 7 PM on Thursday Nights

July 30, 2015 - 07:00PM to 09:00PM
Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce
1203 E. Kingman
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
309-282-7733
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Starting June 4 through September 24 enjoy the lovely summer evenings with “A Night Out in the Heights” and shop until 7 PM every Thursday night at our participating boutiques and unique shops.  Also enjoy a Taste of the Heights with special featured items at our Chamber member participating restaurants.  Visit our website at www.peoriaheightschamber.com and Facebook for more details. 

Dklu Pickin' On Series

July 30, 2015 - Open at 4pm. Full menu available through 10 PM. Music is 7 PM - 9 PM. Reservations suggested.
Sky Harbor Steakhouse
1321 N. Park Rd.
Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 674-5532
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Monthly Music feature at Sky Harbor. Guest musicians go in depth on a chosen artist.   This month's artist - John Miller, Mike Nellas, Jason Brannon - Pickin' on Wes Montgomery.

Historical Trolley Rides in Peoria Heights Area

July 31, 2015 - Trolleys start at 11 am
Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce
1203 E. Kingman
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
309-282-7733
Add to Itinerary

The Peoria Historical Society offers Trolley Tours in the Peoria Heights and Peoria areas. You can explore the area’s past with one of the fascinating, historical tours. The 2015 summer schedule will be Thursday & Friday departing from Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights at 11 am. and Saturdays from Kelleher’s on Water St in Peoria at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Tours will be offered from June through the end of October. Many Peoria Heights Chamber members will offer special discounts with your trolley ticket in our boutiques, unique shops, and restaurants. For more information visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com and Facebook.

Sculpture Walk Peoria

July 31, 2015
ArtsPartners
Washington Street - from Liberty to State
Peoria, IL
(309) 676-2787
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15 large scale sculptures / crafted by sculptors from 7 states /
installed for one year / spread along Washington Street / transforming Peoria’s Warehouse District / #sculptpeoria


 
 

Tractor Month at Wheels O' Time Museum

July 31, 2015 - 12:00PM to 05:00PM
Wheels O' Time Museum
1710 Woodside Drive
Dunlap, Il 61525
309-243-9020
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Wheels O’ Time Museum, 1710 W. Woodside Dr., Dunlap, Il 61525, (N. Knoxville & W. Woodside Dr.) has a new display in the for July in the Early Ford V8 show room featuring antique Ford and Ford powered tractors.

The “tractors with stories” on display are:

1931 8N with only 125 original hours,

restored Ford 8N

1932 Thieman kit tractor, featured in Vintage Tractor Digest

1932 Schramm

Fordson Tractor

Other tractors at Wheels O’ Time Museum are John Deere, IH, Caterpillar, Best and Holt.

In addition to the special display for the month of July more tractors will be at museum for a few days later in the month. The Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club will display tractors at the Heart of Illinois Fair July 10-19th.

(www.citractorclub.com). Some of the tractors from the Heritage Tractor Club will relocate to Wheels O’ Time Museum for an outdoor display July 19-24th. They will be available to view during the hours the museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Admission: $6.50 adults, $3.50 ages 3-11. The museum has other antique farm implements and many ongoing displays in four buildings.

Website:www.wheelsotime.org facebook Trip Advisor Dunlap

Frozen Movie Night

July 31, 2015 - Timeline: - 5:45-6:25 – pictures with Elsa and Anna; refreshments - 6:30-8:15 – “Frozen” on the big screen - 8:15-9:00 – pictures with Elsa and Anna, refreshments
Peoria Players Theatre
4300 N. University St.
Peoria, IL 61614
309-678-1531
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Take a break from the summer heat and join Peoria Players Theatre for “Frozen Movie Night” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31. This is a donations-only event, with proceeds benefiting our scholarship fund (no tickets necessary). Peoria Players Theatre is located at 4300 N. University St. in Lakeview Park.

Highlights:

- “Frozen” will be shown on the big screen.
- Take pictures with Anna and Elsa before and after the movie.
- Feel free to dress as your favorite “Frozen” character or other Disney character.
- Refreshments available.
- Support the Peoria Players Theatre Scholarship fund.
- Get a break from the summer heat – all ages welcome!

BLUE MOON NIGHT PADDLE AT CAMP WOKANDA

July 31, 2015 - 06:00PM to 09:00PM
620 Boy Scout Road
Chilicothe , IL 61523
(309) 579-2157
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The “Blue Moon” only occurs once every few years…so come enjoy an evening of canoeing and dinner over a bonfire at the Peoria Park District’s Camp Wokanda on Friday, July 31 from 6-9 p.m.
Bring your own canoe, or we will provide one for you. Dinner, paddles and personal flotation devices are also provided. Reserve your spot on Davis Lake while basking in the “Blue Moon!” Fee is just $15/person or $50/max per family. For more information and reservations, please call Camp Wokanda at 309-579-2157.

Blue Moon Night Paddle

July 31, 2015 - 06:00PM to 09:00PM
Camp Wokanda
620 Boy Scout Rd.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
309-579-2157
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F: 7/31 • 6-9 pm • $15/person or $50/max per family
The “Blue Moon” only occurs once every few years! Enjoy an evening of canoeing and dinner over a bonfire. Bring your own canoe, or we will provide one for you! Dinner, paddles and PFDs are also provided. Reserve your spot on Davis Lake while basking in the “Blue Moon.” Spaces are limited.

Sculpture Walk Peoria

August 1, 2015
ArtsPartners
Washington Street - from Liberty to State
Peoria, IL
(309) 676-2787
Add to Itinerary


15 large scale sculptures / crafted by sculptors from 7 states /
installed for one year / spread along Washington Street / transforming Peoria’s Warehouse District / #sculptpeoria


 
 

Historical Trolley Rides in Peoria Heights Area

August 1, 2015 - Trolleys depart at 11 am and 1:30 pm.
Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce
1203 E. Kingman
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
309-282-7733
Add to Itinerary

The Peoria Historical Society offers Trolley Tours in the Peoria Heights and Peoria areas. You can explore the area’s past with one of the fascinating, historical tours. The 2015 summer schedule will be Thursday & Friday departing from Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights at 11 am. and Saturdays from Kelleher’s on Water St in Peoria at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Tours will be offered from June through the end of October. Many Peoria Heights Chamber members will offer special discounts with your trolley ticket in our boutiques, unique shops, and restaurants. For more information visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com and Facebook

51 Years of Mustangs” Month

August 1, 2015
Wheels O' Time Museum
1710 W. Woodside Dr
Dunlap, IL 61525
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The Early Ford V-8 Club display will consist of Mustangs made through the years

Tractor Month at Wheels O' Time Museum

August 1, 2015 - 12:00PM to 05:00PM
Wheels O' Time Museum
1710 Woodside Drive
Dunlap, Il 61525
309-243-9020
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Wheels O’ Time Museum, 1710 W. Woodside Dr., Dunlap, Il 61525, (N. Knoxville & W. Woodside Dr.) has a new display in the for July in the Early Ford V8 show room featuring antique Ford and Ford powered tractors.

The “tractors with stories” on display are:

1931 8N with only 125 original hours,

restored Ford 8N

1932 Thieman kit tractor, featured in Vintage Tractor Digest

1932 Schramm

Fordson Tractor

Other tractors at Wheels O’ Time Museum are John Deere, IH, Caterpillar, Best and Holt.

In addition to the special display for the month of July more tractors will be at museum for a few days later in the month. The Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club will display tractors at the Heart of Illinois Fair July 10-19th.

(www.citractorclub.com). Some of the tractors from the Heritage Tractor Club will relocate to Wheels O’ Time Museum for an outdoor display July 19-24th. They will be available to view during the hours the museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Admission: $6.50 adults, $3.50 ages 3-11. The museum has other antique farm implements and many ongoing displays in four buildings.

Website:www.wheelsotime.org facebook Trip Advisor Dunlap

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

August 1, 2015 - Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC
526 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-839-0591
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J.K. Williams is a family distillery producing high-quality craft whiskey and bourbon in the tradition of our bootlegging great-great grandpa, J.K. Williams.  Stop by for an educational tour and samples of our products Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.

Motion City Soundtrack: Commit This To Memory 10 Year Anniversary Tour with special guests The Spill

August 1, 2015 - Doors Open at 6PM
Limelight Eventplex
8102 N. University St.
Peoria, Il 61615
309-693-1234
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Life is complex but we've got plenty of tries to get it right–which is why when Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre sings, "All the destruction will one day end and you'll finally know exactly who you are"—it's a sentiment of self-­‐discovery filled with optimism instead of regret. Correspondingly after putting out one album on Columbia, Motion City Soundtrack are in the midst of a career renaissance as they return to their longtime label Epitaph to release Go, the most mature and developed album of their fourteen-­‐year career.

Having previously worked with Ric Ocasek, Adam Schlesinger and Eli Janney, as well as Mark Hoppus, Go saw the band—which is also composed of guitarist Josh Cain, bassist Matt Taylor, drummer Tony Thaxton and keyboardist Jesse Johnson—reconvening in their hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to spend an extended stretch of time with producer Ed Ackerson (who the band worked with on their acoustic singles collection). The result is a cerebral collection of sounds that confronts big questions without sacrificing any of the energy or raw emotion that has endeared Motion City Soundtrack to fans worldwide.
"I think honestly I was really obsessed with death," Pierre explains when asked about his mental space during the writing of Go. In addition to entering his mid-­‐30s his obsession with mortality was also provoked by the passing of his grandmother who he spontaneously visited the night before she passed away. "That's where it started and I don't necessarily think of it in terms of life or death but more as love and death as two sides of the same coin," he explains. "There are choices you can make as far as holding back or embracing your existence and choosing life and that ties into the album title for me."

While this might seem like heady subject matter for a band who burst on the scene more than a decade ago with their pop-­‐culture-­‐heavy single "The Future Freaks Me Out," in reality Motion City Soundtrack have always maintained a striking dichotomy between upbeat music and darker lyricism—and Go sees the band entering the next stage of their career in a flash of brilliance. "I feel like this album is a choose your own adventure book in the sense that you can look at these songs from different angles depending on your mental state," Pierre explains, "my hope is that they will make sense to you no matter where you're at."

From the expansive-­‐sounding, intricately arranged ballad "Everyone Will Die" to the sweetly syncopated, falsetto-­‐fueled rager "Boxelder," Go sees Motion City Soundtrack stretching out sonically to push the limits of their sound without altering the solidly constructed foundation that it's built upon. "We're not trying to be anything, we just write songs and the best ones float to the top and this time around it was clear which songs made the cut," Cain explains. "I think this was one of the hardest records we ever made because it was so emotionally draining and we recorded it in the middle of winter but in the end I think that frustration helped us make a better record."

Like all classic albums Go is teeming with happy accidents such as the guitar solo on "Son Of A Gun," which Cain originally played as a joke that the band fell in love with. "We did a lot of stuff like that," he explains, "when we had a unique moment happen we kept it and that's really what I love about this album." Ackerson also had a huge influence on the final product, which features many firsts for Motion City Soundtrack including a string quartet on "Everyone Will Die." "We probably wrote 30 songs for this album but nothing was written in stone and we really had the freedom to make up some of the moments as we went along, which we had never done before and was a really exciting experience for us," Pierre adds.

Equally thrilling is the fact that Go sees Motion City Soundtrack returning to their first label Epitaph Records. "We've done it all and we're going home to Epitaph and it still feels like our home because Brett Gurewitz has always made us feel so welcome at the label," Cain explains. Additionally the band have started their own label The Boombox Generation which released the Motion City Soundtrack/Trampled By Turtles 7-­‐inch last year and they've also partnered with Drexel University's student-­‐run label Mad Dragon Records to curate and produce a series of vinyl and digital releases called Making Moves that will continue throughout the year.

Despite the full-­‐circle musical evolution they've undergone with Go, the band members agree that in some ways they feel like the same way they did when Motion City Soundtrack was starting to make their mark in the early 2000s. "We weren't on a record label when we recorded this album so we didn't have to answer to anyone, which was exactly how we worked when we were first starting out," Pierre explains. "We've never tried to consciously write a certain kind of song which is why we've never fit into some specific category, but I do think that from start to finish this album has a very cohesive narrative that ties it together."
The band are also quick to point out that their fans have been open to the evolution, a fact that was evidenced by the series of full album shows the band played last year. "That experience was great because it closed a chapter of our career and it was incredible to see how enthusiastic people were about each record in different ways," Cain explains. "Most people that listen to a band from their first record go in a completely opposite direction as the band progresses and it's very rare you grow with a band but that seems to be a common thread with our fans," Pierre astutely adds. "There are certain bands where every record they put out speaks to me in the moment and hopefully Go can be one of those albums for the people who love our band."

"Do you ever wonder how you got to here?" Pierre wonders aloud on the infectious pop tune "Timelines" and ultimately that's a sentiment that resonates with anyone who thinks about life's big questions. "A song like 'Happy Anniversary' may seem bleak on the surface but I feel like there's a lot of love in that song and this album, you just have to know where to look," Pierre summarizes, likening the album's arc to the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. "You know how it's all going to end but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself in the moment and love the process of it."

Motion City Soundtrack: Commit This To Memory 10 Year Anniversary Tour with special guests The Spill

August 1, 2015 - Doors Open at 6PM
Limelight Eventplex
8102 N. University St.
Peoria, Il 61615
309-693-1234
Add to Itinerary

Life is complex but we've got plenty of tries to get it right–which is why when Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre sings, "All the destruction will one day end and you'll finally know exactly who you are"—it's a sentiment of self-­‐discovery filled with optimism instead of regret. Correspondingly after putting out one album on Columbia, Motion City Soundtrack are in the midst of a career renaissance as they return to their longtime label Epitaph to release Go, the most mature and developed album of their fourteen-­‐year career.

Having previously worked with Ric Ocasek, Adam Schlesinger and Eli Janney, as well as Mark Hoppus, Go saw the band—which is also composed of guitarist Josh Cain, bassist Matt Taylor, drummer Tony Thaxton and keyboardist Jesse Johnson—reconvening in their hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to spend an extended stretch of time with producer Ed Ackerson (who the band worked with on their acoustic singles collection). The result is a cerebral collection of sounds that confronts big questions without sacrificing any of the energy or raw emotion that has endeared Motion City Soundtrack to fans worldwide.
"I think honestly I was really obsessed with death," Pierre explains when asked about his mental space during the writing of Go. In addition to entering his mid-­‐30s his obsession with mortality was also provoked by the passing of his grandmother who he spontaneously visited the night before she passed away. "That's where it started and I don't necessarily think of it in terms of life or death but more as love and death as two sides of the same coin," he explains. "There are choices you can make as far as holding back or embracing your existence and choosing life and that ties into the album title for me."

While this might seem like heady subject matter for a band who burst on the scene more than a decade ago with their pop-­‐culture-­‐heavy single "The Future Freaks Me Out," in reality Motion City Soundtrack have always maintained a striking dichotomy between upbeat music and darker lyricism—and Go sees the band entering the next stage of their career in a flash of brilliance. "I feel like this album is a choose your own adventure book in the sense that you can look at these songs from different angles depending on your mental state," Pierre explains, "my hope is that they will make sense to you no matter where you're at."

From the expansive-­‐sounding, intricately arranged ballad "Everyone Will Die" to the sweetly syncopated, falsetto-­‐fueled rager "Boxelder," Go sees Motion City Soundtrack stretching out sonically to push the limits of their sound without altering the solidly constructed foundation that it's built upon. "We're not trying to be anything, we just write songs and the best ones float to the top and this time around it was clear which songs made the cut," Cain explains. "I think this was one of the hardest records we ever made because it was so emotionally draining and we recorded it in the middle of winter but in the end I think that frustration helped us make a better record."

Like all classic albums Go is teeming with happy accidents such as the guitar solo on "Son Of A Gun," which Cain originally played as a joke that the band fell in love with. "We did a lot of stuff like that," he explains, "when we had a unique moment happen we kept it and that's really what I love about this album." Ackerson also had a huge influence on the final product, which features many firsts for Motion City Soundtrack including a string quartet on "Everyone Will Die." "We probably wrote 30 songs for this album but nothing was written in stone and we really had the freedom to make up some of the moments as we went along, which we had never done before and was a really exciting experience for us," Pierre adds.

Equally thrilling is the fact that Go sees Motion City Soundtrack returning to their first label Epitaph Records. "We've done it all and we're going home to Epitaph and it still feels like our home because Brett Gurewitz has always made us feel so welcome at the label," Cain explains. Additionally the band have started their own label The Boombox Generation which released the Motion City Soundtrack/Trampled By Turtles 7-­‐inch last year and they've also partnered with Drexel University's student-­‐run label Mad Dragon Records to curate and produce a series of vinyl and digital releases called Making Moves that will continue throughout the year.

Despite the full-­‐circle musical evolution they've undergone with Go, the band members agree that in some ways they feel like the same way they did when Motion City Soundtrack was starting to make their mark in the early 2000s. "We weren't on a record label when we recorded this album so we didn't have to answer to anyone, which was exactly how we worked when we were first starting out," Pierre explains. "We've never tried to consciously write a certain kind of song which is why we've never fit into some specific category, but I do think that from start to finish this album has a very cohesive narrative that ties it together."
The band are also quick to point out that their fans have been open to the evolution, a fact that was evidenced by the series of full album shows the band played last year. "That experience was great because it closed a chapter of our career and it was incredible to see how enthusiastic people were about each record in different ways," Cain explains. "Most people that listen to a band from their first record go in a completely opposite direction as the band progresses and it's very rare you grow with a band but that seems to be a common thread with our fans," Pierre astutely adds. "There are certain bands where every record they put out speaks to me in the moment and hopefully Go can be one of those albums for the people who love our band."

"Do you ever wonder how you got to here?" Pierre wonders aloud on the infectious pop tune "Timelines" and ultimately that's a sentiment that resonates with anyone who thinks about life's big questions. "A song like 'Happy Anniversary' may seem bleak on the surface but I feel like there's a lot of love in that song and this album, you just have to know where to look," Pierre summarizes, likening the album's arc to the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. "You know how it's all going to end but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself in the moment and love the process of it."

Motion City Soundtrack with The Spill Canvas and Sorority Noise

August 1, 2015 - Doors Open 6PM



$20 in advance. $25 at the door. 

Kool Moe Dee Live

August 1, 2015 - 10:00PM to 04:00AM
1101 South West Jefferson Street
Peoria, IL
309-251-6731
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Grammy Award nominee Kool Moe Dee will be coming to Peoria  to perform at the Elks Lodge located at 1101 South West Jefferson Street Peoria Illinois.

Date: August 1, 2015
Time: 10 pm to 4am

Ages 21 & Up

Tickets can be purchased at:

Barber Season 715 West Main Street Peoria
And
Fifth Avenue Fashions 841 West Main Street Peoria
Or call 309-251-6731
 

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