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If one Friday is fun, two are better! Third Friday is new to Downtown Racine this weekend. You can also celebrate with giraffes, participate in one of the area’s longest established runs and see some cool cars. It’s all happening this weekend in Racine County.

Third Friday in flip-flops.  That First Friday experience — evening live music, shopping, artists and food — is back for an encore in June, July and August in Downtown Racine. Third Friday runs from 4 to 9 p.m. with a special theme of “Flip Flipping Fun in Downtown Racine.” Wear your summertime flip-flops and head for Monument Square to rock out with Mean Jake. While you’re out, stroll up and down Main and Sixth streets and see what’s happening. Visit

Stick your neck out.  The Racine Zoo, with its giraffes Bo and Mac, are celebrating the first-ever World Giraffe Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.  At the zoo, 2131 N Main St., you’ll have an opportunity to meet these majestic, endangered animals and support the Giraffe Conservation Fund. A bake and craft sale will include handmade gifts from Kenya and paintings by Bo the giraffe. There is also a raffle for a meet-and-greet with Bo that includes a custom painting. The Summerfest Street Team will also be on hand to give away Summerfest tickets and special prize packs. Visit

A running tradition.  One of the area’s longest-established running events, the 36th annual Lighthouse Run, is Saturday. This Journal Times and YMCA-sponsored event, which benefits the Racine Family YMCA Strong Kids/Strong Communities Campaign, includes a 10-mile run, the Financial Service Group 4-mile and the Modine 2-mile/4-mile fun run/walk. Be ready for temporary traffic delays along Main Street as 3,000 to 4,000 runners and walkers pass by. The first race starts at the Lakefront YMCA, 725 Lake Ave., at 7:45 a.m. The day includes an awards ceremony at Sam Johnson Parkway with music by the Saturday Night Preachers, the Landmark Credit Union Mascot Race and the Cree Kid’s Dash.

Radio like it was.  Call it TV without the pictures, but radio programs of yesteryear were much more than that. You can relive those old-time radio experience at 1 p.m. Saturday when the Caledonia Historical Society and RG Productions recreate a live radio program. Watch and listen as actors recreate baseball themed radio skits including the famous Abbott & Costello “Who’s on First” routine. It all takes place at the old Town Hall at Linwood Park, 7305 Five Mile Road, Caledonia. There is also a bake sale and silent auction.

Football time again.  The Racine Raiders 2014 football season gets under way on Saturday. Kickoff is 7 p.m. against the Leydon Lions at Horlick Field, 1648 N. Memorial Drive. The famous Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps are performing at halftime. Details at

Cars, bikes and more.  If you like cars and motorcycles, you’ll see lots of ’em at North Main and Hamilton streets from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Classic Car and Vintage Motorcycle Show is a fund-raiser for the Lew Reed Spinal Injury Fund at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. It’s co-sponsored by Eagle Aerie No. 281 and George’s Tavern. Registration is $20 per vehicle. Free for spectators. Food and beverages are available all afternoon.

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