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A Happy St.. Patrick’s Day to all! Regardless of whether you’re Irish, you’ll find a big parade, a place to learn, live theater and lots of laughs. Put on your green and come along with Real Racine.

Steppin’ out for St. Paddy. Head to Downtown Racine on Saturday for bands, bagpipers, dancers and even a few leprechauns! The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 12 noon from State and Main streets. The parade runs south along Main and then turns west on Sixth. Get there early for a good seat and join the fun. Visit

Good eats. The 5th Annual Take a Taste Out of Crime has delicious samples of Wisconsin cheese, hot hors d’oeuvres, craft beers and wines. You’ll also experience live music, raffles, silent auctions and an opportunity to see Packers great William Henderson. This fundraiser for Racine Neighborhood Watch runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Infusino’s Banquet Hall, 3201 Rapids Drive. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. You can buy advance tickets at Racine Neighborhood Watch, 800 Center St., Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly on Washington Avenue, Piggly Wiggly on Erie Street or Wells Brothers Restaurant. Visit

PEEPS are back. Art is candy and candy is art at the 7th Annual International PEEPS Art Competition on exhibit starting Friday at the Racine Art Museum (RAM), 441 Main St. All of the amazing art works are made with PEEPS candies. See the exhibit through April 3 and be sure to vote for the PEEPle’s Choice. RAM is open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays and on Easter Sunday (March 27). Visit

Show for the kids. A tale about a dragon, a princess and a knight is coming to the Racine Children’s Theatre this weekend. Performances of “Pale Pink Dragon” are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. All seats are $6. Call 262-633-4218 or visit

Have a laugh. Milwaukee comedian Mike Marvell wraps up the Comedy Tonight Series at the Theatre Guild stage. He’s described that goofy guy next door. Also appearing is Jim Flannigan. The funnymen take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $13 for students. Call 262-7633-4218 or visit

For the earth. Ecofest Racine, a celebration of the environment, is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Gateway Technical College campus, 1001 S. Main St. There are mini workshops on gardening, eco-friendly steps you can take in your home, cooking and sustainability. There are also kids’ activities and a free gift for everyone. Free admission. Visit

At the zoo. A St. Patrick’s celebration takes place at the Racine Zoo’s Roar and Pour from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the zoo, 2131 N. Main St. It’s a sampling of beers of Ireland and Irish-inspired brews. The $30 ticket includes hors ‘d oeuvres and a souvenir glass. Tickets online at

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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:...