Summer celebration time is here. This weekend includes ethnic heritage celebrations, outdoor entertainment and fundraisers. You’ll always find lots of things to do in Racine County. Come along with Real Racine.
Start early. B-Town Sounds free concert series kicks off its 2015 season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Echo Park, 589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy Joe Jordan’s Soul & Reggae Review. B-Town Sounds concerts are held every other Thursday evening through Sept. 3. For the season lineup, visit www.b-townsounds.com. Also this Thursday is a free water-ski show by the Browns Lake Aquaducks. You’ll see jumps, barefoot skiing and ballet. The free show starts at 6:30 p.m. at Fischer Park, 30400 Durand Ave., east of Burlington. www.aquaducks.org
Festival time. Bohemian Fest starts our season of ethnic celebrations Friday through Sunday at St. John Nepomuk Church, 1923 Green St. There is great food, including roast pork and a Czech pastry called kolach (see photo above). There is also a craft fair, bake sale, silent auction, basket raffle and kids games. Live music all three days. Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.
Day of celebration. Juneteenth Day is celebrated in Racine from 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 21st St. This celebration of African-American heritage is reminder of the June day in 1865 when the last of U.S. slaves learned of the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in the country. New to this year’s event is a prison cell exhibit as a reminder of the mass arrests of civil rights protesters in the mid-1960s South. The day starts with the Caron Butler Basketball Camp from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon and evening includes free family activities, like live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, games and bounce houses.
Fireworks and fun. The Fifth Annual Community Cookout to Fight Cancer has food, music by Stetsin & Lace and raffles to benefit the American Cancer Society at the Raymond Town Hall, 2255 76th St. from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. A fireworks show hosted by Phantom Fireworks starts at 9 p.m. Visit communitycookout.com
Walking and running. An important, fun event is Friday night at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. The annual Relay for Life, fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 8:30 a.m. Saturday. To register or make a pledge, visit www.relayforlife.org/racinewi
Sand in your toes. The 2015 EVP Beach Sports Festival is coming up soon! Thisexciting two-on-two volleyball competition is next Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21 at Racine’s North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St. You’ll see amateur and pro teams. Spectator admission is free. Visit www.evptour.com