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5 ways to try spring’s fashion forward trends on a budget

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From flare leg pants to rock festival chic, spring’s big fashion statements are daring and fun to wear. But since these trends may only be sticking around for a season, don’t break the bank when trying them. Turn to wearable (and affordable) versions that incorporate the hits, without the splurge or lifelong commitment.

So long, skinnies! Flares and wide-leg pants are spring’s new silhouette. Old Navy Rockstar High-Rise Flare-Leg Jeans, $32, oldnavy.com

Fringe swished around on the runways of Giambattista Valli and Isabel Marant. Try wearing it as a detail on a bag for an easy wardrobe update that carries out spring’s cool ’70s vibe. H&M Fringe Bag, $29.95, hm.com


Nerves, music and chaos

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Brian Passino captured the essence of the day at the annual Solo and Ensemble competition earlier this month.

A tuba, resting on the floor, casts the only steady lines in the middle of a flurry of blurred activities as participants run around rehearsing their musical piece at Indian Trail High School and Academy.

‘Dream’ house

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A few weeks after moving with sons Nicholas, 6, and Landyn, 5, into the first home she has ever owned, Jennifer Bixby still swirled with genuine gratitude, profound happiness and joyous disbelief.

The same can be said for long suffering and fearful neighbors, who watched this past fall as a community project marshalled by Land-Quest turned the dilapidated, two-story frame house — a venue for drug dealng, street gang activity and gunfire — into a model home for the McKinley Elementary School neighborhood.

Lakefront ice show

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Natural ice sculptures reminiscent of European cathedrals by their height and fluted icicle columns can now be seen at Kenosha’s lakefront, due to the arctic weather enveloping the area.

George Leshkevich, a physical scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains that the wind direction and wave action creates what are called “ice dunes” on the shore. As ice forms at the surface of the lake, wind and waves break up the sheet and push the ice toward shore, where it cannot go anywhere but up.

His and hers

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Real men eat Limburger cheese. Or so say members of the Stink Club.

For over a quarter of a century, Limburger, the legendarily strongly flavored soft white cheese, has held court at the men-only dinner club held at the Danish Brotherhood Lodge, 2206 63rd St.

Stargazing for beginners

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Carl Sagan nailed it.

“Even today, the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars,” he wrote in his book “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space” in 1994. “When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.”

Behind the scenes of Snow Daze

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Kenosha’s Snow Daze festival is coming back to Library Park from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event grew since its inaugural edition last year. There will be a third more ice sculptures, according to Jeanne Zuleta, who owns Art Below Zero with her husband, Max.

Behold the blizzard of 2015

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In an unusual but not altogether unexpected consequence of the calendar, a blizzard coincided with Kenosha Unified’s Band-O-Rama weekend, forcing the cancellation of Sunday’s performance.

It was the first time that a performance was canceled in the 58-year history of the event, according to Scott Plank, the district’s fine arts coordinator.




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