Livewire Acoustics to play First Friday concert

Livewire Acoustics, a three-piece acoustic group based in Sauk Centre, will perform at the First Friday Concert at the Evansville Art Center on Friday, April 5, starting at 7 p.m.

The band says it formed in 2016 to present a variety of popular pop and country music to a toe-tapping, easy-listening audience. Members are Marcus Hennincamp, Bill Gillies and Jim Lunemann.

The art center is at 111 Main Street in downtown Evansville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert-goers are invited to bring a treat to share during intermission and the art center will provide beverages. The concert is free and open to the public, and donations are accepted.

Let's Get Growing Workshop in Alexandria

"Let's Get Growing," a gardening workshop offered by University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County, is set for Saturday, April 6 at Discovery Middle School, 510 McKay Ave. N. in Alexandria.

Registration runs for 45 minutes and opens at 8 a.m., and at 8:45 a.m., keynote speaker Carrie Larson will discuss "New and Exciting Annuals for 2019."

The workshop includes sessions for all levels of gardeners, as well as a marketplace, door prizes and lunch. For more information, call 320-762-3890.

Library hosts author talks

Douglas County Library continues its Spring Author Series with two free events next week in the library's large meeting room.

Matt Valan, a Lutheran pastor who wrote "Sister's Secrets: a Brother Reveals," speaks on Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. Jason Sole, a criminal-turned-college professor and author, will speak about "Healthy Masculinity," on Tuesday, April 9, at noon.

Both books can be borrowed from the library, as well as purchased from and signed by the author at each event.

Sole will also speak at 6:30 p.m. the same day at Alexandria Technical & Community College, Room 743, about his self-published memoir, "From Prison to Ph.D.: Memoir of Hope, Resilience and Second Chances."