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The Peoria Civic Center Hall will host the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show on Aug. 27-28. (Photo courtesy of the Gem Prairie Quilt Show)

The Peoria Civic Center Hall will host the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show on Aug. 27-28. (Photo courtesy of the Gem Prairie Quilt Show)

AUG. 24-29


Never Forget Mobile Exhibit

Open daily noon – 7 p.m.

Par-a-Dice Hotel Parking Lot, 21 Blackjack Blvd., East Peoria


The 911 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit offers a poignant reminder of the tragic day, including interactive education, artifacts from the towers, and documentary videos. For more information, call (309) 699-7711.


AUG. 25


The Procrastinator’s Guide to Getting Things Done

Thursday, 6-8 p.m.

ICC North Campus, 5407 N. University, Peoria


Kat Varness will help you discover the top reasons for procrastination and how to overcome it. For more information, call (309) 694-5422.


Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Tour

Thursday, 11 a.m.

Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.


Tour covers several Peoria sites important to the Civil War period. For more information, call (309) 674-1921.


AUG.  25-27


Dunlap Days Festival

Begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday

North Park


Event includes live music, bags tournament, carnival, pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest and parade, and vendors. All proceeds benefit the South Side Mission. For more information, call (309) 243-7500.


AUG.  26-28


Erin Feis

Friday – Sunday, 4-11:30 p.m.

CEFCU Center Stage, 200 NE Water St., Peoria

Admission free from 4-5 p.m.; $10 after 5 p.m.

Showcasing Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink and cultural exhibits, there will be Irish bands and musicians on multiple stages, and a vendors’ marketplace. For more information, visit


AUG. 27


Tree ID Walk

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N. Forest Park Drive, Peoria


Designed for people aged 10 and older, the walk will teach tree identification. Leaves may not be collected, but good collecting sites will be suggested. For more information, call (309) 686-3360.


Throwback Movie at Elmwood

Saturday, 9:30 p.m.

Palace Theatre, 122 W. Main St., Elmwood


Watch the vintage movie ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ at the restored Elmwood movie theater. For more information, visit


Zoo Run Run

Saturday, 8 a.m.

Peoria Zoo, 2320 N. Prospect Road

5K/1 Mile Walk $30; youth 1/4 Mile Run $15

Support the zoo with the fun run. For more information or to register, call (309) 686-3365.


Leaf Casting Workshop

Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon

Horticulture Lab, ICC North Campus, 5407 N. University, Peoria


Bring your own interesting leaves to use in leaf castings. All other supplies will be provided. Ella Maxwell teaches the class. For more information, call (309) 694-5422.


Scott Marek Band in Concert at Mackinaw

Saturday, 7-11 p.m.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 State Rt. 9, Mackinaw


Bring your own seating and your own foods. Drinks must be purchased at the Vineyard. For more information, call (309) 359-9463.


Dunlap Days Cruise-In

Saturday, 4-7 p.m.

North Park, Park St. and 2nd St.

Event includes carnival, food venders, beer tent, and music. For more information, call (309) 243-7500.


Annual Duck Race

Saturday, opens at noon

Eastside Center, East Peoria

$5 to adopt a duck

Thirty thousand ducks will enter the water in search of the first prize of $5,000. All proceeds benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse. For more information, visit


AUG. 27-28


Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show

Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Peoria Civic Center Hall C, 201 SW Jefferson Ave.

$7; 2-day pass $10

Over 400 quilts and more than 20 vendors will be on hand. There will also be demos, a quilt turning, certified quilt appraisal, quilt raffle, and silent auction. For more information, visit


AUG. 28


Pioneer Days: Koerner Family Cemetery Walk

Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

Sommer Park, 6329 Koerner Road,  Edwards

$3 per person 4 and older

A tour of the cemetery leads to an understanding of life in the mid 19th century. For more information, call (309) 691-8423.


AUG. 30


Construction Club at the Library

Tuesday, 3:30-5 p.m.

Alpha Park Library, 3527 Airport Road, Bartonville


Third through 6th grade students can join their friends at the library for a building challenge and some free design time. Materials will be provided. For more information, call (309) 697-3822.


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