Yes — this Tip Sheet is usually published on Thursdays, but today is Friday. We’ll probably go back to Thursday next week, unless this unusual Friday issue proves surprisingly successful.

Thanks, perhaps, to the arrival of El Niño, we’re enjoying an unusual stretch of mild weather which should last into the middle of next week. We may also see a warm winter, reduced energy use, and Christmas dinner on the patio — hopefully, without mosquitos.

So, how should we take advantage of these next few days? Below are a just a few suggestions:

Family Fun Night at Carthage College

Carthage College (2001 Alford Park Dr. on the Kenosha lakeshore)  has been hosting Family Fun Night on most Friday evenings during the school year for years (the video above shows a Harry Potter-themed night from 2010). These events are designed to entertain and educate the whole family. Families can enjoy fun and educational activities in Hedberg Library, use the Library’s computers and books from the Center for Children’s Literature, or swim and play basketball in the N.E. Tarble Athletic and Recreational Center (TARC).  This week the Library’s theme is “Welcome to Camelot.” Kids can join a young King Arthur, the wise wizard Merlin, and the Court of Nobility in a journey to make Arthur the next great king. Themed activities take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Families are welcome to use Hedberg Library from 6 to 8, or the TARC from 6 to 9. Admission is free to the Library’s events. The TARC is available for a $1 donation to the Kenosha Boys and Girls Club.

Party on the Pavement

Now in its 13th year, Downtown Racine‘s biggest street festival offers a Saturday afternoon full of strolling up and down Main Street and 6th Street from store to shop to booth to restaurant to bar, enjoying food, live music, refreshments, and entertainment with 10,000 of your closest friends.  It includes a “unique and antique” car show, rides and carnival games – just check out the PDF map.

FusionFest – Indoor/Outdoor Music Festival

Meanwhile on Saturday in Kenosha’s Harborside neighborhood, Fusion (5014 7th Ave.) — the cool nonprofit performing arts venue we visited in August for the video above —  is making use of a newly-added beer garden stage to hold their first FusionFest indoor/outdoor music festival, beginning at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon).  Seven acts are currently scheduled to perform, with footage from previous shows being screened indoors. Admission is $10 and includes the first half-barrel of free beer and free food.

Preservation Racine’s 2015 Tour of Historic Places

Here’s a wonderful plan for Sunday afternoon: First, buy your tickets to the 40th annual tour (do that today and save). Next, study the list of this year’s properties (there’s a brief slide show at, with more detail in their fall newsletter (PDF). Included are the WInd Point Lighthouse keeper’s residence, the Vitas T. and Evelyn Thomas house, the Village of North Bay Village Hall, the Harold and Edna Pugh house, the Charles and Ora Ryba house, the Frederick and Nellie Harter house, the Harvey W, Knoepke house, the William S. and Helen C. Paul house, Racine Water Utilities, the Racine Yacht Club, and a display of Racine’s boat-building history by local historian Jim Mercier. Then on Sunday, from noon to 5:30, show up at any or all of these places in whatever order you choose, put a pair of protective booties over your shoes, and take a guided tour inside each building to learn its history and enjoy its architectural details and decor.

These are only four examples from our list of over 40 things going on this weekend.  Check out our Events Page for more ideas. Also, if there are events that you would like us to consider listing, please follow our strict submission rules and it just might happen. As always, thanks for subscribing, liking, following, sharing – all that social love.

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