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This is a great September weekend to get out, see and do in Racine County! You can choose from among outdoor parties, living history and a river celebration. Come along with Real Racine. A musical finale. All good things must come to an end. The 2014 season for B-Town Sounds wraps up Thursday evening at Echo Park, 595 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. This free concert series goes out swinging with the Brew City Big Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show. Visit www.b-townsounds.com A Downtown party. The weekend kicks off from 4 to 9 p.m. at First Friday in Downtown Racine. You’ll find open houses at shops and galleries, food and drink specials plus free admission at the Racine Art Museum and the Racine Heritage Museum. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and music from The Sentinels at Monument Square, Zicomatic at Paul Harris Plaza and Jeff Ward at Crosswalk Park. Visit www.firstfridaysracine.com A super day in Union Grove. It’s not just Saturday — it’s Super Saturday in Union Grove. Village Square Park, Main Street and 10th Avenue, is the place for an all-day, family celebration starting at 9 a.m. The day includes a Superhero Family Run/Walk, laser tag, the Union Grove’s Got Talent show, craft show, vendor booths, food, beverages and bouncy houses. The day wraps up with the annual Kiwanis Street Dance starting at 6 p.m. with ’80s music by Weird Science. The Super Saturday lineup is at www.ugsupersaturday.com Experience history. The 3rd Annual Caledonia Homecoming is Saturday and Sunday at Linwood Park, Highway 38 and 5 Mile Road. Volunteers from the Caledonia Historical Society will be on hand with arts and crafts, games, food, historical reenactments, a pie auction, an antique tractor display and much more. You can tour the restored train depot, log cabin and school. Homecoming hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Celebrating the river. Learn and explore at the free Root River Festival, 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Island Park, 1704 Liberty St. The Root River Council presents a nonprofit organization showcase, arts and crafts, pony rides, a horse show, petting zoo and bounce houses. Music all afternoon from County Crossings, Brent Mitchell and Folkswagon. It’s a great opportunity to learn all about the revitalization of the Root River through the city. Visit www.rootrivercouncil.org Climb for a view. You have only two more opportunities — this Sunday and Sunday, Oct. 5 — to climb the Wind Point Lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point. The climb up the 144 steps delivers terrific views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding area — bring your camera. The tours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for kids ages 6 through 12. Kids ages 5 and younger are not allowed on the climb. Reservations are a must. Call 262-880-8266. There’s more on our website (www.realracine.com) For daily updates, “like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/realracine) or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/realracine)

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