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This first weekend of October brings unusual art, relaxation and the season’s last chances for stargazing and terrific Lake Michigan views. Check out what Real Racine has in store for you.

Chainsaws and artists. Come see the amazing artists at the 2nd Annual River Bend Nature Center Chainsaw Carving and Art Fair Saturday and Sunday. Dozens of chainsaw artists from throughout the Midwest will create fascinating 3-D carvings out of logs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at River Bend, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia. The carvers go back to work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The River Bend grounds on Sunday will also be busy with children’s activities, arts and crafts demonstrations and archery. Canoes and kayaks will be available for rent. The chainsaw art auction starts at 3 p.m. with half the proceeds going to River Bend. Visit

Time again for First Friday. A crisp October evening is just right for First Friday in Downtown Racine from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday. The Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St., will have author George D. Fennell on hand to sign his new history book “Racine” illustrated with photos from the RHM archives. A Halloween preview is planned for kids to wear their costumes and collect candy treats while visiting RHM’s mummy. First Friday also gives you chances for shopping, food and drink specials and horse-drawn carriage rides. Visit

Celebrating the season. The Waterford Annual Fall Harvest Fest this Sunday is a community, family celebration of the season. Stop by Whitford Park, 625 N. River Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a craft and vendor fair, kids activities, a pumpkin contest, a chili cook-off, entertainment by the Hillbilly Silly Science show and music from the KR Bluegrass Band. The Waterford Lions Club’s famous chicken barbecue will be served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details at

One more for the stars. The Racine Astronomical Society celebrates Fall Astronomy Day from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Modine-Benstead Observatory, 112 63rd Drive, Yorkville. The public is invited to view stars and planets from the two observatory telescopes and members’ telescopes. It’s free admission to this year’s final open house. Your donations are welcome. Call 262-878-2774 to check on weather conditions. Visit

Make the climb. Sunday is your last chance to climb the Wind Point Lighthouse for 2014. The lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point, is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes and be ready to climb 144 steps for terrific views of the lake and the fall color. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages and 5 and younger are not allowed to make the climb. While you’re there, visit the Fog Horn Building Museum and gift shop. Reservations are a must. Call 262-880-8266. Visit

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Paul Holley is retired from careers in journalism, public relations and marketing but not from life. These days, he pretty much writes about what he feels like writing. You may contact him directly at:...