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Start with some picking.  The twice-monthly acoustic bluegrass jam kicks things off on Thursday at the Route 20 Outhouse, 14001 Washington Ave. (Highway 20), Yorkville. The free picking starts at 6 p.m.

A winter laugh.  Everybody can use a laugh this weekend. The Comedy Tonight series at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., features Rocky LaPorte and Pat McGann. LaPorte, a former dock worker and truck driver, now delivers loads of clean blue collar comedy He’s appeared on Comedy Central, Showtime and the Tonight Show. He’s joined by McGann, who is the emcee at Chicago’s Zanies Comedy Club. The show is 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students. Call 262-633-4218 or visit

For the kids.  The kids—and adults — will love “The Magical Land of Oz” at the Racine Children’s Theatre. This musical adaptation of the “Wizard of Oz” includes all the familiar characters like Dorothy, the scarecrow, the tin man and the cowardly lion. General admission tickets are just $6. The one-hour shows are Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. For tickets and show times, call 262-633-4218 or visit

Youthful talent  You’re invited to see and support the area students who will be competing to perform with the Racine Symphony Orchestra. The annual Young Artists Competition starts at 1 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. The winner will appear at the RSO’s Masterworks Concert in April. Free admission. Visit

A gala fund-raiser.  “Diamonds & Dreams” is the theme of this year’s gala fund-raiser for the Women’s Resource Center of Racine, a program that assists victims of domestic violence. The event, at the Racine Marriott Hotel, 7111 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant, starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and includes cocktails, dinner, auctions and dancing. Tickets are $100 per person. For tickets, contact

An early valentine.  Racine Lutheran High’s Red-Hot Valentine’s Gala is Saturday at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring St., Mount Pleasant. It gets under way at 5 p.m. with the Lutheran High Jazz Band and the silent auction, including fine art works by students. The evening also includes a Tour of Italy dinner, a voice auction and dancing to Chicago’s Nightshift Orchestra. Tickets are $50 per person. Please make your reservation by Friday by calling 262-637-6538, or emailing

Sweet art time.  The Racine Art Museum is now accepting entries for its fifth annual PEEPS art Competition. Artworks must be made of PEEPs marshmallow candy. RAM, 441 Main St., will be accepting entries through April 6. The 2014 show runs April 18 through May 4. For an entry form and details, visit

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