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Return to the Jazz Age, enjoy the best in chocolate and listen to beautiful music. It’s all happening in Racine County this weekend. Real Racine has these suggestions for you.

Relive the ’20s. Take a little weekend trip back to the Jazz Age at Tribute to Bix Fest this Thursday through Sunday at the Racine Architect Hotel & Conference Center, 7111 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. This annual celebration of jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke and 1920s jazz includes a bus tour, live concerts, record swaps, jazz lecture and jam sessions. The activities are priced from $5 to $100. For details, call 847-996-0246 or visit

Chocolate, anyone? Head to Burlington on Saturday for great tastes at the annual Chocolate Extravaganza at Burlington High School, 400 McCanna Parkway. The area’s best dessert cooks will be competing for honors in cakes, cookies, candy and cupcakes. Entries are welcome starting at 8 a.m. for $5 adults and $2 kids. Judging starts at 10 a.m. Also at the high school, the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce’s Home and Garden Show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2. Visit

A musical performance. The Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin presents a program of traditional and new music at 7 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Soloists are bass Doug Clemons and soprano Nancy Anne Davis. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. Call 262-634-3250 or email

Ideas for brides. Great wedding ideas are in store from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the 2016 Bridal Show at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring St., Mount Pleasant. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The show includes food tastings, raffle prizes, a variety of local vendors, a groom’s room and a fashion show. Admission is $2 with proceeds going to the Racine County Food Bank. Visit

Last chance. It’s the final weekend for the Racine Theatre Guild’s production of “Jeeves Intervenes.” This is a British comedy about a couple of bumbling playboys who need the unflappable valet, Jeeves, to bail them out. Performances run Thursday through Sunday at the Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. For tickets and showtimes, call 262-633-4218 or visit

For the kids (and adults). A very special annual event is back next Tuesday, March 15. “Compose Yourself!” the Racine Symphony Orchestra free concerts for fifth graders will be held at Grace Church, 3626 Hwy 31, Caledonia. Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy hearing and learning about the orchestra. Performances are at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. 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:...