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This weekend in Racine County features art and artists. You can also stargaze, take the kids fishing or catch some live, local music. Real Racine has you covered.

A lively arts scene. The 7th Annual Get Behind the Arts event presents a rare opportunity to see more than 80 local artists, of all types, in their work places. The weekend activities start with a free preview party from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at 314 Sixth St. in Downtown Racine. You can meet the artists, sample local food and beers while enjoying music, poetry and dance performances. The Racine area studio tours run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Kenosha area studio tours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A $5 Get Behind the Arts button is admission to all locations both days. For a map and details, visit

See the stars. The Racine Astronomical Society invites you Spring Astronomy Day at the Modine-Benstead Observatory, 112 63rd Drive, Yorkville. RAS members will have telescopes set up starting at 8 p.m. Saturday so you can take a peek at the stars and planets. Please call ahead to check on weather conditions: 262-878-2774 or visit

Try fishing. The annual free Kids Fishing Clinic sponsored by Salmon Unlimited returns to Quarry Lake Park, 3800 Northwestern Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Open to children ages 15 and younger, it’s a chance to learn the basics of fishing and try it yourself. Zebco and the Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery present a free rod & reel to the first 350 kids who complete all the clinic stations. Kids ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

A jazzy evening. Jazz Kaleidoscope, a fundraiser for the Racine Literacy Council, features performances by trumpeter Russ Johnson and the UW-Parkside Jazz Ensemble. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. You’ll hear a sampling of big band classics and contemporary jazz arrangements. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets at 262-632-9495 or

A local cabaret. The Penguin Players are back with their spring show called “Sing.” This cabaret-style performance has singing, dancing and comedy. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Eagles Club ballroom, 319 Hamilton St., Racine. Tickets at the door are $9. If you miss the Penguins this weekend, they will be back for more shows May 5-7.

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