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You’re invited to step into history at the annual Half Point Historical Re-enactment. This October weekend also includes a fall party, music and a chance to meet penguins. Real Racine has lots of great suggestions.

A living history book. The Half Point Historical Re-enactment takes visitors on a journey from the 1700s through the 1960s at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. Volunteers, dressed in period clothing, will demonstrate the lives of fur traders, early settlers and soldiers from the War of 1812 to World War II. There are also demonstrations of crafts, including woodworking, paddle making, weaving and spinning. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Enter at Gate 6. This family friendly, educational event is free, thanks to donations from the Union Grove Kiwanis and Lions clubs. Donations for the Honor Flight Program will be accepted.

A fall party. The first-ever West Racine Fall Fest is 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at West Boulevard and Washington Avenue. This free event includes kids activities (face painting, pumpkin decorating, make-a-scarecrow) plus live music, food, a beer tent and information from local organizations. Presented by the West Racine Business Alliance.

A swinging evening ahead. The Racine Art Museum (RAM) celebrates 75 years of bringing art to the community with the “Big Band Bash” from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Wustum Museum, 2519 Northwestern Ave. This fund-raiser has a 1940s Hollywood glamour theme, including nostalgic foods, a milkshake bar, classic cocktails, a silent auction and music by Tony Scowell and the Jack Farina Big Band. Admission is $75 per person. Tickets at

A movies matinee. The Racine Theatre Guild kicks off its new Signature Spotlight Concert Series with “Let’s Go to the Movies.” This musical revue has performances of some of the greatest film music of all time like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Footloose” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Performers are Theatre Guild singers, the Union Grove High School Concert Choir and Chamber Choir and a special Spotlight Star from a local high school. Signature Spotlight is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors. Other concerts in the series are planned for December and April. For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or visit

A black and white day. The Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., presents another Zooriffic Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This month’s event features the zoo’s African Penguins. Visitors can enjoy snacktivities and learn all about these unusual birds. Regular zoo admission applies – $8 adults, $7 seniors (age 62+) and $6 youth (age 15 and younger). Visit

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