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This weekend in Racine County – celebrate interesting places, play games with your family or do something with dogs. Try these ideas from Real Racine.

Make it YOUR Racine County Day. All the fun of a field trip – without the school bus ride or permission slip. It’s the first-ever Open House Racine County (OHRC) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. This free, do-it-yourself tour features more than 40 interesting places throughout the county. You can visit historical sites, fire stations, see the private offices of Racine’s mayor and county executive, get behind-the-scenes tours of a newspaper and a radio station and meet friendly alpacas. OHRC is organized by Real Racine with assistance from SC Johnson, Travel Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio. For a list of sites to plan your Open House Racine County experience, visit

Some family fun. Head to Memorial Hall, 72 Seventh St., for the first Family Game Night hosted by Family Services of Racine. This big, family-friendly party runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. For just $10 adults and $5 kids, everyone can enjoy unlimited games, including a dunk tank, bounce house, giant Jenga and more. Carnival-type foods and beverages will be available for purchase. Adults can take a break in their own “adult oasis” area. Office Olympics starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by music from the Saturday Night Preachers. Tickets are available at the door.

Garden goodies. Need something for your garden? The Potpourri Garden Club has you covered. The club’s Perennial Plant Sale has flowers, vegetable and ornamental plants all grown in the Racine area. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Target parking lot, 5300 Durand Ave. Proceeds are used to provide horticulture books for the Racine Public Library, student grants and scholarships and maintaining the beautiful flower beds at the Racine Zoo and the Real Racine Visitor Center.

For the dogs. Hydropawlooza, an annual concert and fundraiser for the HOPE Safehouse animal rescue shelter starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Route 20 Outhouse, 14001 Washington Ave. (Hwy. 20), Yorkville. You can meet adoptable pets on the patio, bid on raffle baskets, try a 50/50 raffle and dance to Bella Cain starting at 8 p.m. The first 100 people in the door receive a free goody bag. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets and details at or

More for the dogs. Bark for Life, a family-friendly event benefiting the American Cancer Society, runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Waterford High School environmental center/soccer area, 100 Field Drive. It includes costume contests, games for dogs and kids, doggy drawing baskets, paw print painting, face painting, pet adoption information and vendors from local businesses. Admission is $10. Tickets 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:...