Friday, May 16th
- 5:30 p.m. – Drinks and dinner at Sonoma Cucina.
- 7:30 p.m. – Don Giovanni at the Peoria Civic Center.
Opera Illinois presents its 2002-2003 season finale, Don Giovanni, tonight and Sunday night. If your Italian is a little rusty, don’t worry. English supertitles ensure the audience catches every word of this phenomenal story, where complex characters and rich relationships are portrayed in one musical masterpiece after another.
Saturday, May 17th
- 10 a.m. – ZooFest at the Glen Oak Zoo.
ZooFest features carnival rides, interactive activities, face painting, and “Zoo Olympics” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular zoo admission allows you to attend ZooFest, as well as enjoy the more than 100 species of animals from around the world.
Glen Oak Zoo
2218 N. Prospect Rd.
- 6 p.m. – Dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack on the Riverfront.
Sit on the deck outside with a cool drink and enjoy the view of the Illinois River, or head inside to sample the creative, relaxed, and comfortable atmosphere.
Joe’s Crab Shack
110 SW Water Street, Peoria
- 8 p.m. – Drinks and live music at Martini’s on Water Street.
The old Rock Island Depot is home to Peoria’s only martini bar, where you’ll find everything from the traditional martini to new classics. Martini’s has a full bar to satisfy any taste. Martini’s features live jazz most weekends from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Martini’s on Water Street
212 SW Water Street, Peoria
Sunday, May 18th
- 10 a.m. – Brunch at Peoria Castle Lodge.
Peoria Castle Lodge, formerly Jumer’s Castle Lodge, features old world European elegance coexisting with an extensive collection of antiques. The Peoria Castle Lodge and Restaurant offers a Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring carved ham, slow roasted beef, custom omelets, Belgian waffles, fresh pastries, and more. Prices are $12.95 for adults and $5.95 for children.
Jumers Castle Lodge
117 N Western Ave., Peoria
- 12 p.m. – West Bluff Tour of Homes.
The West Bluff Tour of Homes showcases some of Peoria’s fine architecturally and/or historically interesting homes. This year’s event features a walking tour of homes in the Uplands from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 673-8896.
Featured Resturant: Sonoma Cucina
Sonoma Cucina Italian Grill offers casual dining in a fun and upbeat atmosphere that’s family friendly while also meeting the needs of the business community. Sonoma Cucina, located in the Twin Towers, opens at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and underground parking with two hours
of complementary validation is also available.
Sonoma Cucina’s menu includes pasta, Italian food, steaks, seafood, pizza, and much more. A children’s menu has also been introduced, and kids 10 and under eat free all day on Sundays.
For more information, call 674-6870.