Peoria County events calendar

To celebrate Bishop Hill’s baseball roots, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association is hosting a weekend of 19th century baseball on May 21-22. (Photo courtesy BBHA)

To celebrate Bishop Hill’s baseball roots, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association is hosting a weekend of 19th century baseball on May 21-22. (Photo courtesy BBHA)

MAY 19

Viva Las Vegas, Quail Meadows Golf Course, 2215 Centennial Drive, East Peoria, 5:15-9 p.m., $15. The event is a fundraiser benefitting the Fon du Lac Park District Adult/Senior Program. Play Vegas-style games, win play money, and enjoy a buffet dinner. Information: (309) 699-3923.

Grown-Up Video Game Night, Fondulac District Library, 400 Richland, East Peoria, 5 – 8:30 p.m., free. Gamers from 20 on up will be allowed to play the library’s many video gaming stations that are usually reserved for teens. Information: (309) 699-3917.

MAY 20

Pinkalicious Party at the Library, Fondulac District Library, 400 Richland, East Peoria, 2 – 3 p.m., free.

The Pinkalicious Party will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the book Pinkalicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann. Information: (309) 699-3917.

Canvas and Cookies at Speakeasy, Speakeasy Art Center, 353 Court St., Pekin, 5:30-7 p.m., $25 per artist. Youth from 5 – 12 will be painting sea turtles. Fee includes all painting materials, cookies and drink. Information: (309) 267-2058.


MAY 21

Super Saturday at the Museum – Plants, lobby, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington, Peoria, 1:30 p.m., free with regular museum admission. Explore the science behind plants. Information: (309) 686-7000.


Craft/Vendor Fair and Car , Morton VFW, 2310 Veterans Road, Morton, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Morton VFW Auxiliary hosts the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Paws for a Cause and Pets for Vets. Information: (309) 349-2151.

Full Moon Night Paddle & Campfire Dinner, Camp Wokanda 620 Boy Scout Road, Chillicothe, 6-9 p.m., admission: $15 per person or $50 per family maximum. Join us for an evening on the Lake! Canoes, paddles, PFD’s, and dinner are provided. Spaces are limited & registration is required. Information: (309) 579-2157 or visit


Vintage Baseball Weekend Presentation, Steeple Building Museum 103 North Bishop Hill St., Bishop Hill, 2-3 p.m. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is presenting a program by Bill Owens on his recent book, “The Scorecard: A Glimpse into Vintage Baseball Through a Bishop Hill Lens.” The book tells the story of a young Bishop Hill man, John Root, Jr., who attended a baseball game in Chicago during the 1873 season While at the game, he kept score on a scorecard and sent it along with a letter to a friend, Andrew Jacobson, who lived in Bishop Hill. The letter and the scorecard were kept for many years and ultimately was included in the Jacobson family’s estate donation to the BHHA in late 2013. Once uncovered, these artifacts of Bishop Hill and early baseball became the central focus of Owen’s book.


MAY 21-22

Vintage Baseball Weekend, 103 North Bishop Hill St., Bishop Hill, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on May 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m. on May 22. On Saturday, three vintage baseball teams will be playing games all day, using 1858 rules and equipment. Hammer & Pick will also be performing 19th century music in the park gazebo. The Steeple Building Museum will have a special vintage baseball exhibit, with program. In addition, there will be a murder mystery dinner theater with a baseball theme Saturday night at P L. Johnson’s. On Sunday May 22, the Henry County Museum will have a special baseball display and program. Except for the dinner theater, all other events are free and open to the public. For more details, call 309 927-3899, go to or email

MAY 23

Tour of new Ray LaHood International Terminal, Peoria International Airport, 6100 W. Everett Dirksen McKinley Pkwy., Peoria, 9-11 a.m., 1-4 and 5-7 p.m., free. Tours will be given at three periods during the day. Shuttles will be running from the parking lot. This is the public’s only opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility before the area is secured. Information, email




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