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COMMUNITY INTEREST PROGRAMS

RACINE — These free community interest programs will be held at Golden Rondelle Theatre, 1525 Howe St.:

“The Other Boys of Summer — A Documentary,” 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Experience a different way of looking at the American civil rights movement through the lives of Negro League baseball players in the documentary, “The Other Boys of Summer.” Narrated by Cicely Tyson, this film features exclusive, never-before-seen interviews with those who played alongside Jackie Robinson and changed the course of American baseball. The program will conclude with a question and answer session with Lauren Meyer, the film’s director.

“A Blast from Our Downtown’s Past,” 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 or 3, or 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Racine natives Carol Burow Gianforte and Jim Mercier will relive the history of Racine’s Downtown through a nostalgic look at what they did for fun in the 1950s and 60s. The audience will be treated to over 200 slides of the past, a panel of Racinians to reminisce, the music of the era with former band members present, recalling favorite movies and a surprise guest or two.

Doors open 30 minutes in advance. To register to attend, call 262-260-2154 or go to www.scjohnson.com/CIPreservations.

FALL FINE ARTS CLASSES

RACINE — Spectrum School of the Arts and Community Gallery, located in the East Building of the DeKoven Center, 2050 Wisconsin Ave., is offering fall fine arts classes for adults and children. Adult classes are:

“Drawing or Painting Class,” 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Nov. 20. Fees: Five weeks, $95; 10 weeks, $175.

“Beginning Digital SLR Photography,” 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 16. Fee: $95.

“Beginning Matting and Framing,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 16-Oct. 7. Fee: $80.

“The Clay’s The Thing,” An all-levels ceramics class specializing in raku, Saturdays, Sept. 28-Nov. 16. Fee: $130 (includes 25 pounds of clay, extra studio time, glazes and firings).

Children’s or family/friends classes and workshops include drawing, watercolor, acrylic or oil painting, cartooning, photography, clay, sculpture group, ukulele and guitar. Private art and music lessons are also available.

Call 262-634-4345 to register for a class or for more information.

WUSTUM MUSEUM WORKSHOPS

RACINE — These workshops will be offered at Wustum Museum, a campus of the Racine Art Museum at 2519 Northwestern Ave.:

“Clay Date Night,” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. Fee: $45.

“Crystal Neubauer: Gallery Talk — Put down your Shield,” 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Fee: $7.

“Adult Band Ring Workshop,” 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Fee: $44,

“Adult Stamped Wearable Metals Workshop,” 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Fee: $36.

“Free Drop-in for Art,” 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Free.

“Mommy & Me Artogether,” for ages 2-4 and one adult, 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20. The program includes a mini museum tour, art project, and story. Fee: $6, $3 for each additional child.

“The Painter’s Studio 8-week class,” 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 23-Nov. 18 (skip Oct. 7). Fee: $150.

To register, go to www.ramart.org or call 262-636-9177. Online registration closes three days before classes begin. After that, call for class availability.

SPINNING TOP WORKSHOP, TOUR

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BURLINGTON — Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Ave., is offering a joint workshop and tour from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12, 13 or 14.

The program features 40 hands-on tops and optical illusions to spin and challenges to try; an exhibit of 2,000 antique and modern tops, yo-yos and gyroscopes; videos; an I Spy Hunt, and a live show by a top collector and expert

The cost is $15. Reservations are required by calling 262-763-3946. For more information, go to www.topmuseum.org.

HOMEBUYER EDUCATION CLASS

RACINE — Housing Resources Inc., 500 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 205, is offering a “Homeworks for Homebuyers” class from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 11 and 18.

Participants will learn about the homebuying process, how they may qualify for grant assistance, how much house they can afford, how to apply for a mortgage loan and what barriers may prevent them from qualifying for a mortgage.

The cost is $50. Registration is required at www.hri-wi.org or call 262-636-8271. Housing Resources Inc. is a nonprofit, HUD approved housing counseling agency.

SENIOR GROUP OFFERS LECTURE

SOMERS — Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL), an organization of mostly retired people ages 55 and older, offers lectures on various topics.

“Travels in South America — to Patagonia and Back” by Tom Rutkowski will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the UW-Parkside Student Center, 900 Wood Road. After some language study in Buenos Aires, Rutkowski and his wife Natalie fulfilled a lifelong wish to visit Patagonia in Southern Chile and Argentina, hiking the famed “W” route in Torres del Paine National Park, and travel up the east coast of South America enjoying the vibrant street art, famous historical sites and unique natural settings. Rutkowski will present a digital slide show.

Suggested parking is at Tallent Hall (east side of Wood Road) and using shuttle service transport to the front of the Student Center. A $5 parking pass (all parking lots) is required and available at Tallent Hall and the Student Center Concierge desk.

For more information, call the ALL office at 262-595-2793 or go to www.uwp.edu/aLL.

PROGRAMS OFFERED AT BONG

BRIGHTON — These programs will be held at Bong State Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Road:

Adopt a Highway, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Participants help clean up the highway. Materials are provided.

“Knee-high Naturalist,” for ages 3-5, 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. The theme is “Long Skinny Snakes.” Registration is required.

Candlelight Hike, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Participants can hike the two-mile trail on their own or join a guide for a shorter hike. There will be a bonfire and marshmallow roasting.

Practice Trail Run/Walk, 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Run or walk the 3.6-mile Blue Trail after some morning stretches. Meet at the Trailhead.

“Cast Iron Cooking,” 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 21. Drop-in demonstration for cast iron cooking and care. Meet at Shelter No. 1.

“Jerky Making 101,” 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Participants will learn what equipment and techniques they will need to prepare and make their own jerky. Registration is required.

All programs meet at the visitor center, unless otherwise listed.

Bong’s entrance is on Highway 142, one mile west of Highway 75. A Wisconsin State Park Admission Sticker is required for each vehicle. For Wisconsin vehicles the fees are $8 a day or $28 a year, or $13 and $3 for seniors. The annual sticker is good in all Wisconsin state parks. The sticker may be purchased at time of arrival.

More information can be obtained by calling Bong at 262-878-5600.

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