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Real Racine North BeachThis weekend, take in one of Wisconsin’s oldest juried art fairs, make a run for charity, enjoy picnics and climb a lighthouse. Real Racine has all this and more for you.

Art in focus Downtown. The art scene invades Downtown Racine this Saturday and Sunday. The Monument Square Art Festival will present the works of 80 artists from throughout the country. You’ll see variety of works including photography, painting, jewelry, sculpture and ceramics. The weekend has lots of activities for kids and families at the MSAF for Kids area sponsored by SC Johnson. The Racine Arts Museum’s RAM on the Road offers hands-on projects, the musical instrument petting zoo will give youngsters a chance to interact with a variety of instruments with Racine Symphony Orchestra members, there is face painting, Racine Unified School District student art displays and a ceramics making demonstration with artist Jeff Shawhan. Both days feature a silent auction benefiting the Racine Arts Council. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission. Visit

A Saturday run. One of the area’s most popular family-friendly running events starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The annual Cree Cruise 5k Run and Walk benefits RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled). The event includes cash awards to the top three male and female finishers, a raffle, entertainment and activities for kids and families. Early packet pick up is 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Cree Inc., 9201 Washington Ave., Sturtevant. The course starts and finishes at the Cree parking lot. The cost is $17 in advance and $20 on race day for adults; $10 in advance and $12 on race day for kids ages 3 through 12. To register, visit

Outdoor food and fun. Spring is the perfect time get outside for great food at two Racine County locations on Sunday. The Union Grove Lions Club Chicken Barbecue is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave. A car, van and motorcycle show runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is also a bake sale and quilt raffle. The chicken dinner is $9 for adults and $6 for kids ages 12 and younger. Over at Waterford Town Park, Highway 164 and Jensen Road, everyone is invited to the Lions Picnic in the Park. This free event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. includes a free cookout, bounce houses, obstacle course, kite flying, fire safety information and petting zoo.

Your time to climb. Everybody’s Racine County bucket list must include a climb to the top of the Wind Point Lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point. Your next chance is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. You’ll climb up the 144 steps to the very top of the 108-foot structure for some spectacular views. While you’re at the lighthouse grounds, see the memorial brick garden and the Fog Horn Building Museum. Climb tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6 through 12. The climbs are not open to kids 5 and younger. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes – NO flip-flops! Advance reservations are a must. Call 262-880-8266.

Be sure to tune in! An encore presentation of “A Welcome Home – Racine County” will be presented Saturday and Sunday Discover Wisconsin, the nation’s longest-running tourism TV show. The program airs Saturday at 10 a.m. on FSN Wisconsin (check cable listings) and Sunday at 10 a.m. on WITI-TV, Channel 6, Milwaukee. “A Welcome Home—Racine County” is hosted by Yorkville native Emmy Fink, who takes viewers from one end of the county to the other. You’ll see North Beach, the Wind Point Lighthouse, the Racine Zoo, the SC Johnson corporate headquarters campus, the Racine Heritage Museum and the Racine Art Museum. There is also glass blowing, kringle making and a year-round sampling of special events. The episode wraps ups with a spectacular, bird’s-eye view at the annual, Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival.

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