This week's snow has it looking A LOT like Christmas in Racine County. This weekend brings caroling, live entertainment and opportunities to give back to the community.
Award-winning music. A family favorite, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast", concludes its run this weekend at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. This popular Broadway and animated film hit includes a memorable musical score and wonderful dancing. Tickets are still available for shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday plus a 7 p.m. performance added for Sunday. Call 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org.
Shop in your jammies. Downtown Racine's annual Pajama Jam arrives Saturday morning. Many shops will be open as early as 8 a.m. to offer coffee, breakfast treats and special prices—especially to shoppers who show up wearing their pajamas. Visit http://www.racinedowntown.com for details.
Community singing. The community Nativity scene is now on display at Monument Square, near Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. Everyone is invited to a caroling and sing-along program 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Local adult and children's groups will perform, but anyone is welcome to join in! The Nativity scene, which will be on display through Jan. 7, is constructed and maintained by volunteers through the Christmas Coalition, a cooperation of 20 Racine area churches, the Knights of Columbus and the Racine Dominican Sisters.
Helping out. Help the homeless stay warm and listen to some great music at Blank-Fest this Friday and Saturday. McAuliffe's Pub, 3700 Meachem Road. Donations of new or gently used blankets (or sleeping bags) will be given to local agencies that serve the homeless. Admission is $10, or free with your blanket/sleeping bag donation. The shows start at 8 p.m. both evenings.
Held over. Because of popular demand, Over Our Head Players has added two performances of the political comedy-thriller "The North Plan." Shows are at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St. This show is suggested for mature audiences. Seating is limited — reservations are a must. Call 262-632-6802 or visit www.overourheadplayers.org
Music in the air. The Winter Solstice is almost here and you're invited to celebrate with the Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin. "Winterscape", featuring hammer dulcimer player, composer and storyteller Malcolm Dalglish is 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at The Prairie School auditorium, 4050 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point. He'll be joined by the Choral Arts Society and students of The Prairie School. For tickets, call 262-634-3250 or visit www.choralartsonline.org
New art arrives. A Racine tradition, Watercolor Wisconsin 2013, opens Sunday at the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, 2519 Nortwestern Ave. This year's exhibiton, which runs through April 26, features 125 pieces from 95 artists from throughout the state. Meet the artists at an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. An awards presentation is at 2:30 p.m. The Wustum Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.