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You can shop, shop, shop in Racine County this weekend. Then, cool your heels at a benefit concert or a new play. Real Racine has these great November ideas.

That special gift. For a fun shopping experience, visit the 2014 edition of Christmas in the Village on Friday and Saturday in the Waterford area. Just look for the signs and pick up a map. Shops, stores and galleries at 14 locations are open from 12 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. At the Baymont Inn, 750 Fox Lane, a variety of crafters and vendors will be on hand along with Santa Claus from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday. At Waterford High School, 100 Field Drive, you’re invited to “Christmas in the Country” featuring dozens of crafters and artists from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission there is $1.

Lighting it up. Downtown Burlington turns on the spotlights for Light Up the Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Participating businesses will be open late for holiday shopping. It’s also the kick off for the Operation Burlington Cares Food Drive. Drop off non-perishable food items at participating merchants for in-store discounts and a chance to win prizes. Visit http//

Rockin’ country. Nashville Pipeline, a six-member, rockin’ country show band, comes to Racine’s Memorial Hall, 72 Seventh St., Friday night. The concert is a benefit for Crime Stoppers of Racine County. Suggested admission is $10 at the door. Seating is general admission. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m. Visit

Opening night. A new play, “God of Carnage,” opens Friday at Sixth Street Theatre, 316 Sixth St. This Tony Award-winning play centers around two high-strung couples who sit down to discuss a playground altercation between their sons. Soon, the gloves come off among the parents. Described as a “dark comedy,” the play is recommended for mature audiences. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. “God of Carnage” runs weekends through Dec. 7. For tickets, call 262-632-6802 or visit

It’s puzzling. Don’t miss the final weekend of the Hands-On Mystery Objects event at the Logic Puzzle Museum, 533 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. This event features 222 gadgets, gizmos, inventions, antiques, toys and curiosities that you can hold, shake and try to figure out. Admission is $6 per person. The museum is open Friday through Sunday. Call 262-763-3946 or visit

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