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Walk through history, see local artwork, catch some laughs and see the stars one more time. All this and more in Racine County this weekend. Come along with Real Racine. More than 100 years. You’re invited to more than a century of living history demonstrations at the 11th Annual Half Point Historical Re-enactment this Saturday and Sunday at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. See settlers, Civil War and World War II soldiers. You’ll pass through the Cold War era’s “Checkpoint Charlie,” see the Scottish Border Reivers and tour a wigwam. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission; donations are welcome. Sponsored by the Union Grove Lions and Kiwanis clubs. Strolling for art. Downtown Waterford becomes an art colony for the annual River’s Edge Art Walk 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Look for the flags to meet more than 30 area artists and see their work at local businesses and enjoy food and drink specials. A free trolley shuttle will take you a narrated history tour of the downtown area. Presented by Absolutely Waterford. Visit www.absolutelywaterford.org For the kids. The Racine Children’s Theatre, 2519 Northwestern Ave., opens its 2016-17 season with “James and the Giant Peach.” This adaptation of the famous Roald Dahl story reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with indecision. Performances are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All seats are $6. Tickets at www.racinetheatre.org or 262-633-4218. Have a laugh. Patti Vasquez headlines the Comedy Tonight season opener at the Racine Theatre stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Show time is 8 p.m. Vasquez, a Chicago radio personality and standup comedian, presents her one-woman show, “Patti Melt.” Admission is $18 adults, $16 seniors and $13 students. Visit www.racinetheatre.org or call 262-633-4218. Star gazing. See what’s in the fall skies at the Modine-Benstead Observatory Fall Astronomy Day from 7 to 10 p.m. at 112 63rd St., Yorkville. Racine Astronomical Society members will be on hand to share views of the stars and planets. Free admission; donations welcome. Please call ahead for weather conditions: 262-878-2774. It’s Downtown. Another great First Friday is shaping up from 4 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Racine. More than 50 local businesses will be open with shopping, food and drink specials. Free admission all day at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St., and the kids are invited for trick-or-treat at the Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St. Details at www.firstfridaysracine.com Keep up with what’s happening – download our new Real Racine mobile app on your Apple or Android device. Just type in realracine. For daily updates, “like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/realracine) or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/realracine).

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