… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.

With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.

Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.


Your contribution is appreciated.

If music is your thing, this is your Racine County weekend. The Racine Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 27th Summer Pops season, there’s a full afternoon of outdoor tunes and a tribute to pop music icon. Add in some star gazing and family picnic fun and you have a terrific weekend ahead from Real Racine.

Honoring veterans. The Racine Symphony Orchestra (RSO) Summer Pops season starts Friday with a pre-Independence Day program of patriotic tunes called “Honoring Our Past.” You’ll hear rousing music composed by Sousa, Williams and others. The music will be accompanied by a video presentation of photos of area veterans that RSO has collected during the past several months. Local vocalist and actor Bob Benson will perform with the RSO Pops. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. The concert starts at 7 p.m. General admission seats are still available at $23 in advance and $25 at the door. Guests under 21 and military active duty or reserve (with ID) are admitted free. You’ll have two more opportunities to see RSO this summer. “Music for a Summer Evening” fund-raiser is July 19 and the “Great Orchestral Film Music Festival” is Aug. 22. Call 262-636-9285 or visit www.racinesymphony.org

Big party, big fun. A big summer party for a great cause is back this Saturday. Dan Jam, a celebration in memory of Daniel Robert Conner, is 2 to 10 p.m. at the Johnson Park Pavilion, 6200 Northwestern Ave. Music and poetry performances are all afternoon and evening. A pig roast and corn roast will be served at 4 p.m. Kids activities, lawn games and raffles are on tap. Admission is $8 with two non-perishable food items ($10 without). The event benefits the Racine County Food Bank.

Remembering Rosie. “The Girl Singer: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney” will be presented Saturday and Sunday at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. This is a retrospective of this incredible pop and jazz singer’s career performed by award-winner Ellen Winters. She is a backed by a terrific group of musicians and vocalists. All seats are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students (21 and younger). Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org

See the summer stars. The summer skies are ready! The June open house at the Modine-Benstead Observatory, 112 63rd Drive, Yorkville, is 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday. You’re invited to come out and view the stars and planets. It’s free but your donations are welcome. Please call ahead to check weather conditions. 262-878-2774. Visit www.rasastro.org.

Art fair time. One of the area’s biggest art fairs is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus, 900 Wood Road. The Parkside Summer Arts and Crafts Festival features the work of about 200 artists. It benefits the university’s music scholarship fund. Free.

Picnic time. Got a hankering for kebobs, sarma (grape leaves) or penelee (cheese puffs)? The folks at St. Hagop Armenian Church will fix you right up on Sunday The annual Armenian Picnic serves up home-made delicacies, music, dance and a cash raffle. Stop by Johnson Park, 6200 Northwestern Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For daily updates, “like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/realracine) or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/realracine)

Advertising disclosure
To support our site and content, we work with partners to present valuable offers to help you save, earn, and get ahead. We may be compensated for the purchase of goods and services made through the links in this offer program.
Offers for you
Curated offers for our readers
advertiser disclosure
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Start with a free trial.

Get your students coding in no time!

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey's award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Kids will love learning to code with CodeMonkey

  • Ready to Go Courses. With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science.
  • Real Coding Languages. CodeMonkey's courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer.
  • Game-Based Learning. Kids learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements.

Free Trial - Enjoy a full-blown gaming experience that will teach your kids to code!

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:...