July 2 – Junction City Farmer’s Market – 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Call 309-689-0808.
July 3 – Page Turners Book Club – 11:00 a.m. Join the discussion for “Best Kept Secret” by Jeffrey Archer. Dunlap Public Library. Call 309-243-5716.
July 3 – Red White & Boom! Celebration – 9:00 pm. – midnight at the Peoria Riverfront Dist., 401 SW Water St. Phone 309-671-5555.
July 4 – 5 – Women’s Weekend @ the Main Statement, 610 W. Main St. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pamper yourself w/unique shopping, special refreshments, & deals! Several nearby shops w/modern & vintage finds, art, coffee and more! Go to: www.themainstatement.com for updates!
July 4 – Flanagan House Museum 4th of July Fireworks – 6:00 p.m. – midnight @ Peoria Historical Society, 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. Call 309-674-1921. The backyard opens at 6:00pm/fireworks begin at 9:00pm. Come early to get a great spot, bring your lawn chairs or blankets or picnic baskets. We offer ice cold canned soda, bottled water & fresh-popped popcorn for $1.00. Admission: $5 for adults/ $3 for kids. Street parking available. Add a museum tour for just $5.
July 5, 12, 19, 26 – Riverfront Market – 8:00 a.m. – noon @ 200 Water St. Call 309-671-5555. New location! Illinois grown produce, local meats, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, fresh flowers and much more! Local Art , Live Music, Demos. Bloody Marys & Mimosas at Martinis. Breakfast at New Amsterdam. Open every Saturday Morning. www.peoriariverfront.com.
July 5 – J.K. Williams Distilling Tour & Tastings 12-5pm, Sundays 12-4pm @ 526 High Point Lane, East Peoria. Call 309-839-0591. J.K Williams is a family distillery producing high-quality craft whiskey & bourbon in the tradition of our bootlegging great-great grandpa, J.K. Williams. Stop for an educational tour & samples! Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.
July 6 – German-American Volksfest 2014 at Hickory Grove Park – noon – 08:00p.m. @ 12403 Hickory Grove Rd., Dunlap. Call 309-691-7484. A Classic Car & Motorcycle Cruis’n – noon – 5:00 pm, featuring cars, trucks & motorcycles made prior to 1990. Both domestic & import vehicles can participate. German food & beverages.
July 6 – Pettengill-Morron House Museum: Fine Art of Hospitality Celebrating Brides 1:00 – 04:00 p.m. @ Peoria Historical Society, 1212 W. Moss Ave. Call 309-674-1921. Vintage wedding gowns & other wedding pieces from the Reynolds/Morron family will be on display and the dining room table set for a wedding shower.
July 7 – Dunlap Public Library presents Service Dogs: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. “Paws Giving Independence” is a local organization that provides service dogs to people w/disabilities. Call 309-243-5716 to reserve your chair.
July 10 – Chair Yoga – Thursdays beginning July 10 from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Interested in trying yoga, but don’t think your body can? Well, this class is for you! Chairs provided – no mat needed. Wear comfortable clothing. Instructor-led. Dunlap Public Library. Call 309-243-5716.
July 11 – Flying Fish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p. @ Bass Pro Shops, 1000 Bass Pro Dr., East Peoria. A family-friendly festival highlighted by the first inaugural bow fishing tournament! The event includes cash prizes, games & educational displays, & local chefs preparing dishes w/flying fish at Bass Pro Shops.
July 11 – 19 – Heart of Illinois Fair @ Exposition Gardens, Inc., 1601 W. Northmoor Rd. Call 309-691-6332. Fun for kids of all ages featuring livestock competitions, carnival rides, concessions, motor contests, & live entertainment. Go to: http://www.heartofillinoisfair.com/
July 12 – I Spy a Wish Team Adventure is a driving scavenger hunt to raise money for Make-A-Wish® Illinois in order to grant the wishes of four area children. Each registered team will use clues to find sponsored stops in the Peoria area. Teams will take a photo at each location and meet Make-A-Wish kids throughout the adventure. Register at www.ispyawish.com.
July 12 – Bishop Hill Fiber Guild will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Methodist Church in West Jersey, IL when Lee Breeggemann will show us how to make a “sit-upon.” All those interested in fiber (spinners, knitters, crocheters, basket makers, beaders, weavers, etc.) are welcome to attend. Call 309-472-7085 or email email@example.com.
July 15 – Peoria Knit & Crochet Guild will meet at the Lakeview Library from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the North Study Room.
July 22 – Prostate Cancer Support Group, Us Too for survivors & partners, educational info & support will meet 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Proctor Professional Bldg. #1 classrooms 1 & 2 @ lower level at 5409 Knoxville, Peoria. Dr. Michael H. Veeder, MD of IL Cancer Care will speak on Cancer Treatment Pathways.
July 25 – 27 – All Weekend Multi Sport Extravaganza @ Wildlife Prairie Park. Try some outdoor activities hosted by the local clubs & shops. Register online: http://www.multisportextravaganza.com/
July 25 – Artists on the Boardwalk – 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ Junction City Shopping Center. Call 309-740-0808. Local artists displaying/selling their artwork along the boardwalk. Music, eclectic dining choices, stylish decor & current, top fashions.
July 26 – Whitney’s Walk for Life from 89:00 a.m. – noon at the Hult Center for Healthy Living. Call 309-692-6650. Hult Center for Healthy Living combats suicide through community-based education & advocacy programs. Register at: www.whitneyswalk.com or call 692-6650.
July 26 – The Peoria Park District & Peoria Hispanics group are proud to host the 2014 Fiesta en el Rio on the RiverFront! Fiesta features authentic Latin American food and drink, a children’s area, local musicians, a traveling mariachi band, and much more. Call 309-671-5555. For more info visit http://www.peoriahispanics.org/
July 28 – Peoria Knit & Crochet Guild will meet at the Lincoln Library from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Room.