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Get out of the house this weekend! You can experience Vegas, catch live music, see living history and take in an art debut. It’s all happening in Racine County. Come along with Real Racine.

What happens in Vegas. Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., Racine, transforms into Las Vegas glitz and glamour at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Founders Rotary Club’s annual Vegas Night features table games, raffles, silent auction, food and drinks. Of course, Elvis makes an appearance or two! There is also live music by Night Wing. Admission is just $5 and gets you $100 in funny money for the games plus an entry in a drawing for a trip to Vegas and $500 in cash.

For the vets. Head to Fountain Hall, 8505 Durand Ave., Sturtevant, for dinner and live music on Saturday evening. Vets Roll is a local fundraiser, presented by the Racine County Tavern League, to help fund veteran trips to Washington DC. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner is at 6 p.m. with acoustic music by Kevin Glass. After that, the place starts rockin’ to Hammered Brass and Fall Hazard. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Order advance tickets at: 262-632-4075.

Jazz night. Jean’s Jazz Series continues with a great double bill of New Orleans and Chicago jazz music. The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Racine Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. The Sweet Sheiks bring some old-time jazz sounds to the stage. They’re followed by the all-star modern jazz sextet, BakerzMillion. If you want to go, don’t hesitate because these shows sell out. Call 262-633-4218 or visit

An evening of history. You’re invited to experience living history at 7 p.m. Saturday. “A Fireside Chat with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln” at Apple Holler Farm, 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Yorkville. In a fascinating time travel, actors will portray Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln from the White House in 1865. The evening includes a full dinner, dessert and the show for $39.95 plus tax and tip. Advance reservations are required. Call 262-884-7100 or visit

Meet the dog. Everyone is invited to meet author/filmmaker Lon Hodge and his dog, Gander, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Racine Veterans Center, 820 Main St. Hodge is an advocate for homeless veterans. Admission is free. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Veterans Outreach food pantry. Hodge’s appearance is presented by Team Rubicon.

New at RAM. A pair of exhibitions will debut from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Racine Art Museum (RAM), 441 Main St. “Japanese Studio Craft” is an exploration of small-scale craft art, including jewelry, ceramics, baskets, fiber, glass and wood. All of the items are produced by artists with Japanese heritage. “Beasts: Wild Animals in RAM’s Collection” features creatures that are large, wild, dangerous and less familiar. Both exhibitions run through June 10. RAM is also open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. Children ages 12 and younger admitted free with an adult. 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:...