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Just because Labor Day weekend is upon us doesn’t mean the end of summertime fun. In Racine County, you’ll find live music, a new local art exhibit, the last call for water-skiing and a Labor Day celebration. Real Racine has you covered.

Highlighting area artists. Take a glimpse at the area’s art talent during Saturday’s opening of the Racine and Vicinity Show 2014 at the Racine Art Museum’s Chas. A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, 2519 Northwestern Ave. This juried exhibition features 132 pieces by 99 artists from Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties as well as RAM members from outside the area. Be sure to stop back next Sunday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. for the artists’ reception and awarding of more than $1,000 in prizes. The Wustum’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free admission. visit

Free music finales. All good things must come to an end, including free, outdoor summer music. The season finale for Waterford River Rhythms starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St. You’ll hear two bands — Group Therapy and Hoi Polloi — and have an opportunity to purchase food from The Cotton Exchange. On Friday, kick off the weekend with Music on the Monument presented by Plumb Gold Ltd. The Sentinels will play classic rock ‘n roll at Monument Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This one’s for Pete. The legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who died earlier this year at age 94, will be remembered from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, 625 College Ave., Racine. Musicians Bill Garvey, Joel Fuerstenau and the Rev. Tony Larsen will present an acoustic show featuring Seeger’s music. Donations will be accepted for the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO). The show is sponsored by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice.

Aquaducks last call. You have just three more chances to see the Browns Lake Aquaducks water-ski show this season. The free shows are held at Fischer Park, Hwy 11 (Durand Avenue), Burlington. On Thursday, the junior show is at 5 p.m. followed by the main show at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the junior show is at 4:30 p.m. and the main show starts at 6 p.m. Visit

Celebrate Labor Day. The Racine Labor community invites everyone to celebrate from 12 to 5 p.m. Monday (Labor Day) at Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Park, 9416 Northwestern Ave., Franksville. There’s an American-made car and motorcycle show, kids activities and the annual awards for Mr. and Mrs. Solidarity, Labor Person of the Year and Retired Labor Person of the Year. A non-perishable food donation gets you one food and two beverage tickets. Additional food tickets are $5 and beverage tickets are $1.

(Photo note: “Boy Reading,” watercolor by Ney Fraser is part of the Racine and Vicinity 2014 show. Photo by Jon Bolton. Courtesy of Racine Art Museum)

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