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With Christmas fast approaching, it’s a wonderful time for family entertainment in Racine County. This week you’ll find lively live theater, a Christmas lesson, a reflective celebration and pro basketball action. Come along with Real Racine. Fun at the Farm. Apple Holler Farm, 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Yorkville, has two holiday productions this weekend. “Santa and the Littlest Reindeer” is a holiday musical for kids that also includes cookies, a craft, a train ride and a visit with a real reindeer. Admission is $8. Shows are 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. “A Dickens of a Christmas Carol” is a show based on the classic “A Christmas Carol.” The show with dinner costs $49.95 and is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are required for both shows. Call 262-884-7100 or visit www.appleholler.com A Christmas show. Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts (SEWPA), a local organization that fosters the fine arts, presents “Lessons and Carols,” a series of readings and familiar Christmas carols. You’ll hear performers who have appeared with opera companies in Milwaukee and Chicago. This presentation is at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 614 Main St. Admission is $5. Some roundball action. There’s a new game in town! The Racine Storm of the Premier Basketball League are into their 2014-15 season with a home victory last weekend. They’ll host the Indianapolis Diesel at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Case High School gym, 7345 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. This is the first of nine remaining home games through mid-March. Admission is $10. To learn more, visit www.racinestorm.net Celebrating the Solstice. Everyone’s invited to a special celebration of the Winter Solstice at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eco-Justice Center, 7133 Michna Road, Caledonia. There will be music around the bonfire by Mark Paffrath and readings by Racine’s poet laureate Nick Ramsey. Guests are asked to bring an appetizer to share. The event is free; donations are welcome. For daily updates, “like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/realracine) or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/realracine)

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