Welcome to spring! It’s a great weekend to get out and about in Racine County. You can view solar flares, pick up some home improvement ideas and catch some jazz. Real Racine has you covered.

Big telescopes. The 2016 star gazing season opens Saturday. The first monthly open house at the Modine-Benstead Observatory, 112 63rd Drive, Yorkville, is 1 to 4 p.m. You’re invited to safely view sun spots and solar flares through the gigantic telescopes maintained by the Racine Astronomical Society. Please call ahead to check on weather conditions. Phone 262-878-2774 or visit www.rasastro.org
Home sweet home. Looking for some gardening and home fix up tips? Head to the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., for the Union Grove Home & Garden Show. The show features dozens of area vendors, antiques for sale, food and performances by Will Evee, Chicagoland’s Elvis tribute. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 – kids age 11 and younger get in free. Visit www.grovehomeshow.com

Movie at the zoo. The drive-in movie isn’t dead – it’s just moved to the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. Zoovie Night is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The feature is “Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.” Admission is $10 ($5 for zoo members) and includes free popcorn and a beverage. For tickets, visit www.racinezoo.org

Last call for jazz. Jean’s Jazz Series wraps up the season with performances by the Jazz Spectrum Vocal Quartet and the Extra Crispy Brass Band. This great show starts at 7 p.m. at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. A limited number of tickets are available at $18 adults, $16 seniors and $5 students. Call 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org

Marching in April. The annual March for Babies run-walk starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the zoo’s Augusta Street entrance. This Racine-Kenosha area fundraiser for the March of Dimes organization welcomes teams and individuals. This year’s goal is $70,000. Register at: https://www.marchforbabies.org/EventInfo/?si=&PersonId=&EventID=17546

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