3 things to do in Windsor-Essex this weekend

It's Valentine's weekend and also the the kick-off to the Family Day long weekend.

A model train show, an exhibit called Artists of Colour and an afternoon skate

(Windsor Modular Railroad Club)

It's Valentine's weekend and also  the the kick-off to the Family Day long weekend.

There are lots of reasons to get busy this weekend and an extra day to do it.

Some of the things on this weekend's docket are: a model train show, an exhibit called Artists of Colour and a charity skating event.

CBC's Mike Evans has all the events for the weekend.

1. Arists of Colour

It's the 7th annual Artists of Colour art exhibit at Mackenzie Hall.

It's part of Windsor's Black History month celebrations.

One of the artists is Lois Larkin.

She works with acrylics and one of her more whimsical paintings is of her great granddaughter holding a parakeet.

Opening reception is Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

2. Assist

There's also a fundraising skate-a-thon for a program called ASSIST.

The charity helps out children who can't afford to play organized sports, including hockey, baseball and soccer.

CBC Windsor Morning's Tony Doucette will also be at the skateathon on Monday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at South Windsor Arena.

You can support the cause by sponsoring a skater or lacing up your skates for $20.

Mike Evans will be there with Olympic toques, the same ones we've seen the CBC commentators wearing in Sochi.

He will be giving them away to first two people who come and greet him Monday at the event.

All they have to do is tell him who won Canada's first medal in Sochi.

3. Model train open house

The Windsor Model Railroad Club is having their annual open house all day Saturday.

There are tracks and trains of all shapes and sizes, but not only are there landscapes with hills, bridges and streams, the trains themselves are incredibly detailed.

The open house is Saturday from 9:30 a.m until 4 p.m in the basement of Market Square at Ottawa St. and Walker Rd.