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We’ve been waiting all winter for this! First Friday is back at last. This Racine County weekend also brings two new plays, brainteasers and a bridal show. Come along with Real Racine.

First Friday returns. The year’s first First Friday is 4 to 9 p.m. THIS Friday in Downtown Racine. You’re invited to stroll the streets and visit shops, galleries and nightspots. There’s free admission all day at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St., where the International PEEPS Art Exhibition can be seen. Right across the street, the Racine Creative Center, 440 Main St., has the First Friday Showcase featuring performances by young, local talent. First Fridays continue each month through December. Keep up with the latest at

Off the pages. A classic book comes to life at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., this weekend. “The Boxcar Children” is the story of four plucky orphans who run away and make an abandoned boxcar their home. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (age 62+) and $13 for students (age 21 and younger). Discounts are available for groups of 12 or more people. “Boxcar” continues through April 15. For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or

New on Sixth. A new play opens Friday at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St. The Over Our Head Players present “Bakersfield Mist,” a performance that looks what makes art – and people – authentic. It’s the story of Maude, an unemployed bartender, who buys a painting from a thrift store and convinces herself that it’s a lost Jackson Pollock masterpiece. You’ll to see the show to find out what happens. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. “Bakersfield” continues on weekends through April 21. Tickets at
262-632-6802 or

Brainteasers. It’s your last chance to try to solve a pair of egg-themed brainteaser puzzles at the Logic Puzzle Museum, 533 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. Once you’ve tried those puzzles, there are 60 other hands-on mechanical puzzles to try and solve. Sessions are at 1:30 p.m. Friday and at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 per person. Reservations are required. Call 262-763-3946.

For the brides. If you’re planning a wedding, head to Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., for the annual Belle City Bridal Show. This year’s edition has dozens of vendors, exhibits, food samples and giveaways. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. Brides-to-be admitted free. Advance tickets and registration at or 262-636-9229.

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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:...