Don’t let summer slip away without having some last-minute fun

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How did we get here?

September is about to start, which means we’re focused on getting back to school, getting back to healthier eating (that means not counting a strawberry-topped funnel cake as a fruit serving) and getting back to non-summer pursuits such as housework.

But before we hang up those beach towels ... we need to grab a last bit of summer fun over the Labor Day Weekend:


Don’t let summer slip away without having some last-minute fun

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How did we get here?

September is about to start, which means we’re focused on getting back to school, getting back to healthier eating (that means not counting a strawberry-topped funnel cake as a fruit serving) and getting back to non-summer pursuits such as housework.

Say Cheese: Live music, eating contests part of new downtown festival

Kenosha is using one of the last shreds of summer to celebrate two of the city’s favorite amenities — cheese and the lakefront.

The first-ever Cheese-a-Palooza will take place from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 30) near 54th Street and Sixth Avenue in HarborPark. City of Kenosha community relations liaison Kris Kochman said the location was chosen to tie in with the Kenosha Classic Cruise-in car show taking place downtown that day, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Sunday’s car show at Simmons Island to benefit injured soldier

A Racine man will be the beneficiary of this year’s Car Show to benefit Wounded Warriors that will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on Simmons Island.

The soldier sustained spine and back injuries, severe burns, loss of hearing and sight on his right side.

Highland Games offers flavor of British Isles

WAUKESHA — From heavy athletics to tea with the queen, this year’s Wisconsin Highland Games covers all things British Isles in a three-day event.

The festivities begin at 5 tonight (Aug. 29) with opening ceremonies and a celebration until 10 p.m. Then, the games take place on Saturday and Sunday, with events including throwing weights and stones for distance, weight toss for height (tossing over a suspended bar), the sheaf toss (tossing a sack of hay with a pitchfork) and the hammer throw.

Theater festival opens tonight in Waukegan

The Waukegan (IIl.) Theatre Festival kicks off its inaugural festivities tonight (Aug. 29). The festival will launch five new plays by emerging playwrights from across the country for five consecutive weekends. Three Brothers Theatre is producing this festival at its home at 115 N. Genesee St.

Artistic director Caroline Beadle said, “We are so impressed with the talent that has come to us for the WTF festival. The scripts we have chosen are outstanding. We feel privileged to be able to premiere these new works on our stage. This group of playwrights and directors are so full of imagination and creativity that you can’t help but be excited to see these stories come to life from the page to the stage. It really is exhilarating.”

Musicians to help raise suicide awareness after recent tragedy

There’s no other way to put it: Last week sucked.

Last Wednesday many of us found our social media abuzz. The news was bad.

Church welcomes guitarist

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New Hope Church, 6127 Green Bay Road Suite 101, will host guitarist Mark Kroos who will perform a free show at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 3).

Kroos plays two guitar necks at the same time in a primarily instrumental style characterized by folk, Celtic and bluegrass influence. His primarily instrumental style is characterized by open harmonies, polyphonic textures and an “incredible tapping technique.”

Music festival is a Labor of Love

NEW MUNSTER — The fifth annual Labor of Love Music Festival — in memory of Jamie Leigh Wilson — returns Sunday with live music, raffles and activities for all ages.

The Giving Tree Band, a bluegrass band from Chicago, will return for its third year performing at the festival. Additional performers include bluegrass group Cornmeal and acoustic duo 1703.

Brian Setzer, Tom Petty, Cool King Chris all highly recommended

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Rockabilly Riot! (Surfdog)

Classic cars take over downtown streets for annual Cruise-In

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In 1968, Tony Pontillo purchased a new Oldsmobile 442 muscle car.

Being a “car guy,” he still has it.

Liz and Dave go to battle over their Emmy picks

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We’re baaaacckkk! Fresh off a summer she spent trying to figure out what “Extant” means, Liz “How do I program this DVR?” Snyder and Dave “Can’t Wait for ‘Better Call Saul’ ” Walter will now boldly predict the Emmy Awards.

Liz: Before I get to my picks, let me say that Emmy voters had a tough task this year, trying to weed through all the Emmy-worthy shows and performances to come up with a list of nominees.

Fire up the Grill Games!

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The fourth annual Grill Games BBQ Competition and Lakefront Festival is back in Kenosha with two days of food, live entertainment, family-friendly activities and sizzling competitions.

The event takes place 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today (Aug. 22) and Saturday (Aug. 23) on Kenosha’s harbor lakefront at 56th Street and First Avenue.

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