Snow disappearing, robins returning and golf courses reopening are all signs of spring. But Racine County's favorite spring arrival is this weekend's International PEEPs Art Competition. The fun continues with fund-raisers, live music and a bridal show. Real Racine has you covered.
More than just candy. They’re gooey marshmallow candies and at the Racine Art Museum (RAM), 441 Main St., they’re art! The Sixth Annual International PEEPs Exhibition, opening Friday, has collected 88 entries from far and wide. An expert panel has reviewed the artworks (all made from PEEPs candies) and named winners in several categories. Museum visitors are invited to vote for their favorite entry for the PEEPle’s Choice Award. The exhibition runs through April 12. RAM is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Easter Sunday, April 5). Visit www.ramart.org
A tasty fund-raiser. Help Racine Neighborhood Watch Take a Taste Out of Crime from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Infusino’s Banquet Hall, 3201 Rapids Drive. This fund-raiser includes tastings of more than 60 wine and beer selections and more than 40 Wisconsin cheeses. There are also hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and jazz music from CSQ. Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Boyd Dowler will be on hand to sign autographs for a fee. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly on Washington Ave, the Piggly Wiggly on Erie Street or the Neighborhood Watch office, 800 Center St., Room 316. Call 262-637-5711.
Here comes the bride. The Racine Civic Centre presents one of the area’s biggest wedding events from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Hall, 72 Seventh Ave. The Fabulously Faux Wedding features a spectacular fashion show, food samples, music and more. Admission is $5. No charge for brides. Register at www.civiccentreracine.com or call 262-636-9229.
Fun for a cause. Carnival for a Cure is an afternoon of family fun at the Racine Moose Lodge, 5530 Middle Road, Caledonia. A $10 wristband buys unlimited carnival games and a chance to win prizes. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
A brassy afternoon. If you enjoy a brass band, don’t miss the Belle City Brassworks’ annual John Hemkes Memorial Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Francis Bedford Hall at UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Somers. The concert features this year’s Hemkes scholarship winners: Andrew Herndon on cornet, Andrew Mertins on trumpet and Victor Garcia on euphonium. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students.
Easter Bunny time. We’re deep into Easter Bunny season now. You can see the Easter Bunny at Regency Mall daily through next Saturday, April 4. Visits are free; photo packages are available. A special pet photo session is next Wednesday, April 1. Visit http://www.shopregency-mall.com for details. Apple Holler. 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Yorkville, presents the Big Bunny Celebration. Kids can see a puppet show, enjoy a treat, see baby bunnies, goats, chicks and ducklings, take a pony ride and go on an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. this Saturday and Sunday and on Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4. The cost is $8 per person. Reservations are required. Call 262-886-8500.