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Music – free music! This week brings loads of free, live music all over Racine County. From Waterford’s Village Hall Park to Monument Square in Downtown Racine, the first weekend of June is a great time to kick back and enjoy some summer tunes right here in Real Racine.

Rollin’ on the river. Start your weekend Thursday evening with the season’s first Waterford River Rhythms concert with Anthony Gomes. The free show starts at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St. There is plenty of parking close by. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and pack a picnic for a fun evening’s entertainment. River Rhythms are scheduled for every other Thursday through late August. For the entertainment lineup, visit

A music debut. The 22nd season for the Music & More Summer Concert Series gets under way from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. The concerts run the gamut from classical to folk. Thursday’s performers are pianist Mary Anna Salo and vocalists Michael Mueller and Nick Barootian. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. This year’s donations will go to the Health Care Network, the HOPES Center and the Hospitality Center at St. Luke’s Church.

Free tunes for lunch. A sure sign of summer arrives at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Monument Square in Downtown Racine. Music on the Monument, presented by Plumb Gold Ltd., is a weekly free, noon-hour concert series. Classic rockers Final Approach opens the season. Chairs are provided. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the Red Onion Café, 555 Main St. The season lineup is online at:

TGIF. When this Friday arrives, it’s time to party! First Friday runs from 4 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Racine. Dozens of shops and galleries are open up and down Main and Sixth streets. You’ll find food and drink specials throughout the Downtown area. Carriage rides will be available from Monument Square all evening. Grab a cold beverage at the Monument Square beer garden and catch Final Approach. Other First Friday music includes Paul Kaye at Crosswalk Park on Main Street, Bull Frog at Paul Harris Plaza at the end of Sixth Street and The Laymen featuring Tom Hagemann at the new Indian Motorcycle of Racine, 522 Sixth St. More info. at

Plan a climb. Your first chance to climb the 108-foot Wind Point Lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point, is coming up Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 144-step climb up the spiral staircase delivers a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 6 through 12. Children age 5 and younger are not allowed. No sandals, high heels or flip flops. Reservations are available online only at: While you’re on the beautiful lighthouse grounds, be sure to visit the Fog Horn Museum to learn about the area’s maritime history and pick up lighthouse souvenirs. Other climb dates this year are: Sundays, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4.

Fish for free. You can dust off that fishing tackle and hit the water this Saturday and Sunday for Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). No fishing license is required on those days. You’re also invited to a carp fishing roundup in the Fox River and Tichigan Lake from 12-5 p.m. both days at the DNR boat launch site at 31421 Bridge Drive in the Town of Waterford. The Fox River Citizens Against Underwater Silt and Erosion (FRCAUSE) is paying $1 per carp more than 6 inches long caught in the river or lake. The group is also holding a 50-50 raffle at the boat landing. Visit

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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:...