The Monster Truck Throwdown returns to the Wilmot Raceway for two huge days of destruction Saturday and Sunday.
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Kenosha Calendar: A monster weekend on tap

Monster Truck Throwdown and Craft Beer Week Blowout Block Party among the highlights
Laura Marran

By Laura MarranKENOSHA.COM

After two decades in journalism, Marran earned her Master’s degree in Exceptional Education from UW-Milwaukee and has served as a special education teacher with Kenosha Unified School District since 2006. A Marquette University School of Journalism alum, Marran has lived in Kenosha since 1987.

Top 5 things to do in Kenosha this weekend: 

Guitars for Vets and Operation Art Strings at the Civil War Museum

Guitars for Vets and Operation Art Strings

10 a.m.- 4 p.m., music begins at noon, Saturday (May 21)

Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave.

Free

Operation Art Strings will display one of a kind guitars created by talented artists from across the country which will be sold to benefit the Guitars for Vets program. Veterans from the Guitars for Vets program will share their musical talents with performances throughout the afternoon.

Guitars for Vets (G4V) provides veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD, and other emotional distress a unique therapeutic alternative by providing free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit in a structured program run by volunteers.

More information

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Craft Beer Week Blowout Block Party

Craft Beer Week Blowout Block Party

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (May 21)

Outside Public Craft Brewing, 628 58th St.

Live music by Revival, 2 Ball Screwball, Donoma, Spirit Shakers, Space Echoes, Evening Breeze; Craft beer week collabs, special releases, and beer tent; Food trucks, PUBLIC tacos, games and more.

More information

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Four Seasons Garden Club Plant Sale at Kenosha HarborMarket

Four Seasons Garden Club Plant Sale

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (May 21)

Kenosha HarborMarket, 2nd Avenue at 56th Street

The funds raised from the sale of a variety of plants grown by garden club members support many local horticulture causes.

More information

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Brian Schoettler at Kemper Center Recital Hall

Organ Recital with Brian Schoettler

7 p.m., Saturday (May 21)

Kemper Center Recital Hall, 6500 3rd Ave., $20.

Featuring world-renowned organist Brian Schoettler, a Kenosha native, this fundraiser for the Kemper Hall Museum, presented by Kemper Hall Alumnae Association.

 Tickets and more information

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Monster Truck Throwdown at Wilmot Raceway

Monster Truck Throwdown

4 p.m. track party, 7 p.m. engines start, Saturday (May 21)

2 p.m. track party, 4 p.m. engines start, Sunday (May 22)

Wilmot Raceway, 30820 111th St.

Tickets: General (age 13-up) $20 advance/$25 gate, kids 2-12 ($13 advance/$16 gate), 1 under free.

More information

The Lineup

THURSDAY, May 19

Music

The Rhythm Dogs Blues Jam 8:30 p.m., Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave. 

Sophie Shulman (classical and jazz guitar), 5-10 p.m., 1844 Table & Mash, The Stella Hotel & Ballroom, 5706 8th Ave.

Chaine de Gitaine (gypsy jazz), 7:30 p.m., Sazzy B, 5623 6th Ave. 

Theater 

KUSD Theater Arts presents “The Secret in the Wings,” 7:30 p.m., Tremper High School Auditorium, 8650 26th Ave. Tickets $13 general public, $11 senior citizens, $6 KUSD students and staff. 

Art 

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 46th Annual National Juried Exhibition, daily, Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave. Eighty paintings from transparent watercolor artists, including a wide variety of subjects from landscapes and portraits to abstracts. Museum hours Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Through Aug. 7. 

The Rogue Artist Group and Operation Art Strings, Anderson Arts Center Main Gallery, Solo shows in the Upper Galleries by Mark Weller, M. Virginia Epps, The Group of Five, Monne Haug, Sheillah Walsh, and the Lakefront Studio Artists. Gallery hours Tuesday.-Sun. 1-4 p.m., 6603 3rd Ave. Free, donations appreciated. (Through May 29). 

Featured Artist of the Month Sarah Ratliff, Fusion, 5014 7th Ave. (Through May 31).

Sacred Scars, Shadowed Ground – Battlefield Photographs by Larry Stuart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. This visual narrative of 25 archival photo prints captures the emotional essence of the famous and forgotten stories of the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County.

“102 Not Out” at the Northside Library

Potpourri 

Cask Conditioned Beer Event, Rustic Road Brewing, 5706 6th Ave., featuring cask ales from local area breweries. 

Create @theSpace Open Stage, 7-11 p.m., Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th St. Hosted by Haven Wells. Project work and sharing 7 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m. 

Afternoon Movie, “102 Not Out” noon-3 p.m., Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave. Celebrate Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Hindi Cinema, aka Bollywood. More information 

Southport Light Station Museum – Climb a Lighthouse, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 5117 4th Ave. Free admission for the keeper’s house tour; donations are welcome. Lighthouse climb costs $10 for ages 12 and over, $5 children 8-11 years old. (Must be 8-older to climb). More information

Teen Space, 3-6 p.m. Southwest Library, 7979. 38th Ave., ages 12-19 are invited to hang out, enjoy snacks, play games, make art, and chat with Teen Librarians. 

Family 

Let’s Move! 10:30-11:30 a.m., Uptown Neighborhood Library, 2419 63rd St..(Ages 2-5). Interactive stories, songs, games, and more! This program will get little one moving and grooving while learning early literacy skills. 

Spring Storywalk Trail, Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Rd. Follow book pages on an interpretive forest trail based on In “Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms” by Julia Rawlinson. Open during  Hawthorn Hollow hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free, donations appreciated. 

Mike, Mark & Chaz of Cactii at Union Park Tavern

FRIDAY, May 20 

Music 

Mike, Mark & Chaz of Cactii (Acoustic Rock), 9:30 p.m., Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave.

Theater 

KUSD Theater Arts presents “The Secret in the Wings,” 7:30 p.m., Tremper High School Auditorium, 8650 26th Ave. Tickets $13 general public, $11 senior citizens, $6 KUSD students and staff. 

Lakeside Players present “High School Musical,” 7:30 p.m. Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St. Tickets $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. 

“High School Musical” at Rhode Center for the Arts

Art 

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 46th Annual National Juried Exhibition, daily, Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave. Eighty paintings from transparent watercolor artists, including a wide variety of subjects from landscapes and portraits to abstracts. Museum hours Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Through Aug. 7. 

The Rogue Artist Group and Operation Art Strings, Anderson Arts Center Main Gallery, Solo shows in the Upper Galleries by Mark Weller, M. Virginia Epps, The Group of Five, Monne Haug, Sheillah Walsh, and the Lakefront Studio Artists. Gallery hours Tuesday.-Sun. 1-4 p.m., 6603 3rd Ave. Free, donations appreciated. (Through May 29). 

Featured Artist of the Month Sarah Ratliff, Fusion, 5014 7th Ave. (Through May 31).

Scared Scars, Shadowed Ground – Battlefield Photographs by Larry Stuart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. This visual narrative of 25 archival photo prints captures the emotional essence of the famous and forgotten stories of the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County.

Potpourri 

Milwaukee Irish Dancers, 7-11 p.m., Ashling on the Lough, 125 56th St. 

Comedy Night @theSpace, open mic with Jordan Pauley, signup at 7:30, show at 8 p.m., Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th St. 

Death Cafe, 8-9 a.m., Harborside Common Grounds, 5951 6th Ave. Presented by Piasecki Funeral Home, this is a discussion group on the taboo topic of death.  There’s no objective or theme, the main goal is to get people talking about end-of-life. 

Free Book Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Ave. 

Southport Light Station Museum – Climb a Lighthouse, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 5117 4th Ave.Free admission for the keeper’s house tour; donations are welcome. Lighthouse climb costs $10 for ages 12 and over, $5 children 8-11 years old. (Must be 8-older to climb) More information 

Family 

Spring Storywalk Trail, Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Rd. Follow book pages on an interpretive forest trail based on In “Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms” by Julia Rawlinson. Open during  Hawthorn Hollow hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free, donations appreciated. 

Matt Mifflin at Kenosha HarborMarket

SATURDAY, May 21 

Music 

Craft Beer Week Big Block Party live music lineup, Public Craft Brewing, 628 58th St.  1 p.m.: Evening Breeze (jazz), 2:30 p.m.: Space Echoes (Rockabilly), 4 p.m.: Spirit Shakers (Progressive Rock), 5:30 p.m.: Donoma (Alternative Rock), 7 p.m.: 2 Ball Screwball (Punk/Ska), 8:30 p.m.: Revival (90s & 2000s hits). 

Spirit Shakers and Delivery Men, 9 p.m., Fusion, 5014 7th Ave., $10. 

Miss B Haven Birthday Celebration with Would You Kindly?, 8 p.m., Rustic Road Loft, 5706 6th Ave.

American Psychos (80s Synthwave Dance Party) with American Foxide, 8 p.m., The Brat Stop, 12304 75th St., $10.

Gabriel Sanchez, 9 p.m.-midnight,  The Boat House Pub & Eatery, 4917 7th Ave. 

Organ Recital with world-renowned organist and Kenosha native Brian Schoettler, 7 p.m., Kemper Center Recital Hall, 6500 3rd Ave., $20. This fundraiser for the Kemper Hall Museum, presented by Kemper Hall Alumnae Association.  Tickets and more information 

Sounds of Vegas – Bill Serritella & Jeff Dewbray, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside, 5125 6th Ave. 

Tailspin (R&B/Rock), 8 p.m., Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave. 

Matt Mifflin classical guitar, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Kenosha HarborMarket, 56th St. and 2nd Ave. 

Theater 

KUSD Theater Arts presents “The Secret in the Wings,” 7:30 p.m., Tremper High School Auditorium, 8650 26th Ave. Tickets $13 general public, $11 senior citizens, $6 KUSD students and staff. 

Lakeside Players present “High School Musical,” 7:30 p.m. Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St. Tickets $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. 

Sacred Scars, Shadowed Ground – Battlefield Photographs by Larry Stuart at the Civil War Museum

Art 

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 46th Annual National Juried Exhibition, daily, Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave. Eighty paintings from transparent watercolor artists, including a wide variety of subjects from landscapes and portraits to abstracts. Museum hours Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Through Aug. 7. 

The Rogue Artist Group and Operation Art Strings, Anderson Arts Center Main Gallery, Solo shows in the Upper Galleries by Mark Weller, M. Virginia Epps, The Group of Five, Monne Haug, Sheillah Walsh, and the Lakefront Studio Artists. Gallery hours Tuesday.-Sun. 1-4 p.m., 6603 3rd Ave. Free, donations appreciated. (Through May 29). 

Featured Artist of the Month Sarah Ratliff, Fusion, 5014 7th Ave. (Through May 31).

Sacred Scars, Shadowed Ground – Battlefield Photographs by Larry Stuart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. This visual narrative of 25 archival photo prints captures the emotional essence of the famous and forgotten stories of the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. 

Meet and Greet with Jeannée Sacken at Blue House Books

Potpourri 

Craft Beer Week Big Block Party, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Outside Public Craft Brewing, 628 58th St. Beer tent, games, food trucks, Public tacos and live music from Revival, 2 Ball Screwball, Donoma, Spirit Shakers, Space Echoes, and Evening Breeze. See music listing for schedule.

Meet and Greet with Jeannée Sacken, author of “Behind the Lens,” noon-3 p.m, Blue House Books, 5915 6th Ave. A. More information

Kenosha HarborMarket, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 56th Street and 2nd Avenue/Place de Douai. 

Kenosha Public Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  625 52nd St. 

Monster Truck Throwdown, 4 p..m. (track party), 7 p.m. (engines start), Wilmot Raceway, 30820 111th St.  Tickets: General (age 13-up) $20 advance/$25 gate, kids 2-12 ($13 advance/$16 gate, 1 under free. 

Southport Light Station Museum – Climb a Lighthouse, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 5117 4th Ave.Free admission for the keeper’s house tour; donations are welcome. Lighthouse climb costs $10 for ages 12 and over, $5 children 8-11 years old. (Must be 8-older to climb) More information

Carol Beach Cleanup, 9-10:30 a.m., Public Beach, 10899 Lakeshore Dr. Organized  by OpenSideUp Sea Kayaking 

Young History Heroes Storytime at the Civil War Museum

Family 

Young History Heroes Storytime, 11 a.m.- noon, Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. Celebrate Armed Forces Day with the story, “Hold the Flag High” by Catherine Clinton. 

Squish Squash Squeeze, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave.Tactile experiences for babies 0-2. More information 

Spring Storywalk Trail, Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Rd. Follow book pages on an interpretive forest trail based on In “Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms” by Julia Rawlinson. Open during  Hawthorn Hollow hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free, donations appreciated. 

Sipos & Young at the Petrifying Springs Biergarten

SUNDAY, May 22 

Music 

Sipos & Young, 3-6 p.m., Pets Biergarten, 5555 7th Ave.

Open Mic w/ Daniel Thompson and his 3 AM Saints, 4-8 p.m., Fusion, 5014 7th Ave. 

Cy’s Piano Jams, 4-7 p.m., Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave. 

Theater 

KUSD Theater Arts presents “The Secret in the Wings,” 2 p.m., Tremper High School Auditorium, 8650 26th Ave. Tickets $13 general public, $11 senior citizens, $6 KUSD students and staff.

Lakeside Players present “High School Musical,” 2 p.m.. Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St. Tickets $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. 

Art 

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 46th Annual National Juried Exhibition, daily, Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave. Eighty paintings from transparent watercolor artists, including a wide variety of subjects from landscapes and portraits to abstracts. Museum hours Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Through Aug. 7. 

The Rogue Artist Group and Operation Art Strings, Anderson Arts Center Main Gallery, Solo shows in the Upper Galleries by Mark Weller, M. Virginia Epps, The Group of Five, Monne Haug, Sheillah Walsh, and the Lakefront Studio Artists. Gallery hours Tuesday.-Sun. 1-4 p.m., 6603 3rd Ave. Free, donations appreciated. (Through May 29). 

Featured Artist of the Month Sarah Ratliff, Fusion, 5014 7th Ave. (Through May 31).

Scared Scars, Shadowed Ground – Battlefield Photographs by Larry Stuart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. This visual narrative of 25 archival photo prints captures the emotional essence of the famous and forgotten stories of the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. 

Monster Truck Throwdown at Wilmot Raceway

Potpourri 

Monster Truck Throwdown, 2 p..m. (track party), 4 p.m. (engines start), Wilmot Raceway, 30820 111th St.  Tickets: General (age 13-up) $20 advance/$25 gate, kids 2-12 ($13 advance/$16 gate, 1 under free. 

Wilmot Flea Market (season opener), 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Kenosha County Fairgrounds, 30820 111st St. Family-friendly, open-air market with free parking and concessions. Admission $2 for adults, $1 seniors and kids 6-14. Kids 5-under admitted free. 

Southport Light Station Museum – Climb a Lighthouse, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 5117 4th Ave.Free admission for the keeper’s house tour; donations are welcome. Lighthouse climb costs $10 for ages 12 and over, $5 children 8-11 years old. (Must be 8-older to climb) More information

 Family 

Spring Storywalk Trail, Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Rd. Follow book pages on an interpretive forest trail based on In “Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms” by Julia Rawlinson. Open during  Hawthorn Hollow hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free, donations appreciated.

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