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This March weekend brings the year’s biggest one-day music event. You’ll also find home improvement tips, fun for families at the zoo and real maple syrup. Come along with Real Racine.

Music, music, music. What has  30+ different bands at one low price? It’s the 26th Thoughts for Food coming this Saturday night to the Downtown and River North areas of Racine. This annual benefit for the Racine County Food Bank features live music from all sorts of genres (rock, punk, acoustic, blues, country, jazz, hip-hop and more). The music gets started at 7 p.m. at 15 stages. One cover charge ($10 in advance until 12 noon Saturday; $15 plus two non-perishable food items at the door) gets you into every location. There will be free shuttle buses running among the nightspots all evening. For advance tickets, the full music lineup and locations, visit

All ages Friday. Don’t forget the Thoughts for Food 2018 All Ages Show from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Eagles Club, 319 Hamilton St. This year’s lineup includes musical acts from REAL School, Case High, Horlick High, St. Catherine’s High, Tremper High and The Prairie School. Admission is $5 and two non-perishable food items for the Racine County Food Bank.

Getting tips. The 24th Annual Waterford Spring Expo is filled with tips and information for fixing up your home. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Waterford Union High School, 100 Field Drive. There will be food available, a Senior Health and Wellbeing Expo and a Kids Zone. Admission is $3 for adults. Youth ages 17 and younger get in free. Save $1 on admission by donating a non-perishable food item (for Love Inc.) or a used pair of prescription eyeglasses (for the Waterford Lions Club). Presented by the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce.

A family deal. There is no school for Racine Unified elementary students this Friday so the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., has a terrific admission deal. On Friday only, admission for all ages will be just $2 per person — all ages. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Last admission will be sold at 4 p.m. Visit

Real trees, real syrup. A sure sign of spring arrives this Sunday at the River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia. This crew will be serving up the season’s first Sugarin’ Off Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 6 through 10. Children age 5 and younger eat free. The breakfasts include pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee. The best part is the syrup is made with sap from the RBNC’s own maple trees. After breakfast, you’re invited to head into the woods to learn how maple syrup and sugar are made. The Sugarin’ Off breakfasts continue March 11, 18 and 25. 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:...