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This October weekend brings chain saw artists, a ghostly tour and a couple of last chances. Real Racine has some great weekend suggestions.

Watch ’em make it. River Bend Nature Center hosts the 4th Annual Chainsaw Carving and Art Festival Saturday and Sunday Drop by River Bend, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia, to watch these carvers creative incredible sculptures from pine and spruce logs. Then, bid on your favorite at an auction to benefit the center’s programming. There will also be hand carving, wood turning and sawmill demonstrations, children’s crafts and silent auctions. Canoes and kayaks will be available for rent. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The chainsaw sculpture auction starts at 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit

Looking for ghosts. Take a journey into historic Racine’s folklore at the Walking Ghost Tour of Downtown Racine. This guided tour takes visitors to the places of legends and into some buildings that are said to be haunted. Meet at Divino Gelato, 245 Main St. at 6 p.m. this Friday and Saturday for an approximately three-hour experience. Tours are also scheduled for Oct. 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. Advance tickets are $25 for anyone ages 10 and older. Tickets on tour day are $30. The Walking Ghost Tour benefits the Volunteer Center of Racine. Tickets and details at or at 262-886-9612.

New show opens. The Haylofters’ production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” opens Thursday at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Opening night tickets are $15. Based on the best-selling novel, this drama tells the story of a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short prison sentence in a mental institution and eventually stages a revolution. “Cuckoo’s Nest” runs weekends through Oct. 16. For tickets and show times, call 262-763-9873 or visit

Last chance for laughs. There are just a few more performances left for the Racine Theatre Guild’s presentation of “Lend Me a Tenor.” This comedy farce about an opera singer and mistaken identity is wall-to-wall laughs on the Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Remaining shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and
2 p.m. Sunday. Visit

Last chance to climb. The year’s final Wind Point Lighthouse Tour to the Top is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 4725 Lighthouse Drive. It’s your chance to climb the 144 steps to the top of the beautiful 108-foot structure. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6 to 11. Kids ages 5 and younger are not allowed because of safety considerations. Reservations are recommended. Visit

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