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The month of June opens wide with a Downtown party, an architecture tour, live music and a great lake view. Come along this weekend with Real Racine.

The Wright stuff. Architecture enthusiasts from around the country are expected in the Racine area for Wright and Like 2016 presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin (FLWW) organization. This is a tour of 10 architecturally significant buildings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It includes the Wright-designed SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower, the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and the Thomas P. Hardy House plus seven other sites inspired by Wright’s vision. The Prairie School, 4050 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point, is the tour headquarters. Tickets at the door (starting at 8 a.m. Saturday) are $70 for FLWW members; $80 for nonmembers. Details at:

Starting early. Start your summer weekend early at Waterford River Rhythms at Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St. Blues artist Reverend Raven kicks off the free music series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The concerts are set for every other Thursday through July. For the music schedule, visit

Be here First. Head to Downtown Racine for First Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. This month’s event includes live music from Fourcast at Paul Harris Plaza on Sixth Street, the High Stakes Band on Monument Square and Mark Paffrath at Crosswalk Park in the 300 block of Main Street. You can board the horse-drawn carriage at Monument Square for a nice ride through Downtown. There is free admission all day at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St. Most shops and galleries feature open houses and you’ll find food and drink specials throughout the area. Details at

Running for a cause. The 7th Annual Cree Cruise 5k takes place Saturday at Cree Inc., 9201 Washington Ave., Sturtevant. Registration opens at 7 a.m.; the 5k starts at 8:30 a.m. This family friendly event includes a 400-yard race for kids and a kids’ fun activities zone. The run benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha Counties. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 and younger. Visit

Time to climb. If you’ve ever wondered about the view from the top of the 108-foot Wind Point Lighthouse, you can find out on Sunday. The first tower climb of the season is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point. Tours are scheduled every half-hour and cost $10 adults and $5 children ages 6 through 11. Because of safety considerations, children younger than 6 are not admitted. Please, no flip-flops or heels. Advance reservations are a must at

A Brassy Sunday. A great, free show is planned for Sunday afternoon. The 42-piece Belle City Brassworks Brass Band Swing’n Brass in Concert is 3 p.m. at the Union Grove Performing Arts Center, 3433 S. Colony Ave. The concert, sponsored by Roger Palmen Chevrolet, is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available at Roger Palmen Chevrolet, Union Grove Piggly Wiggly and all offices of Community State Bank.

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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:...