Knute Nelson offers summer concert series

Knute Nelson is hosting garden concerts Wednesdays through Aug. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Healing Gardens, 420 12th Ave. E., Alexandria.

On June 12, Riddle Brothers Band will play, with the June 19 concert performed by Schjei Country Band.

Concert-goers should bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The concerts are free; however, free-will donations will be accepted. Parking will be near the Care Center Chapel main entrance. The Healing Gardens are located straight through the main doors. In case of bad weather, concerts will be held indoors, and its schedule is subject to change.

Red Letter Band plays courthouse concert

A Long Prairie group, Red Letter Band, will bring its original country music to the Douglas County courthouse on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m.

The six-member band began as a youth movement in a little country church, according to its Facebook page. Four of its singles have reached the top of the Inspirational Country Music charts, which tracks musicians who carry a message of faith, family and country.

"Our goal is to be relational and personal through music," Red Letter Band's page says. "We are followers of Jesus Christ, which greatly influences our music."

The concert at the Douglas County Courthouse in Alexandria is the fourth in a series of 15 weekly performances scheduled throughout the summer. Organized by The Red Willow Arts Coalition, the free concerts are sponsored by Anderson Funeral Home and Elden's Fresh Foods, as well as nightly sponsors. Thursday's music is sponsored by Martinson Insurance.

This is the 10th season for "Concerts on the Courthouse Lawn." Red Willow encourages concert-goers to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Proceeds from popcorn sales will support a new playground for Miltona Science Magnet School.

Kensington holds Rune Stone Days

Kensington will hold its annual Rune Stone Days celebration Friday-Sunday, June 14-16. Named in honor of the controversial rune stone discovered on a nearby farm, the three-day celebration will start with a bake sale at 8 a.m. Friday and end at 4 p.m. Sunday with a baseball game between the Kensington Norseman versus Millerville.

Friday will also feature "Entertainment Through the Ages," hosted by the Kensington Area Heritage Society Museum and Rune Stone Research Center from 2-6 p.m., a beauty pageant at 7 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m., and inflatables and food throughout the evening.

Saturday will start with a Lion's pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. and include softball and golf tournaments, city-wide garage sales, kids activities, goat yoga from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., a bean bag tournament at 2 p.m. and a street dance from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

A classic car show will start off Sunday at 8 a.m., followed by a Father's Day brunch at the cafe and community church service at the community center at 10:30 a.m., and an antique tractor pull at 11 a.m. The parade is at 1:30 p.m., followed by a pie and ice cream social at Solem Lutheran Church.

Farwell offers free harp concert

Harp Circle will perform a free concert Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the Farwell Norwegian Lutheran Church in Farwell. The restored church has been used as a venue for artistic events.

Harp Circle is an ensemble of five local harpists who will play folk music. The same day, artist Della Conroy will display her work at the nearby old schoolhouse from 5-7 p.m. Conroy was a featured artist on Pioneer Public Television's Prairie Yard & Garden in 2016.