Authors in Pine River

Local children’s author Susan Wardell and her book, “My Grandma’s Hands,” will be featured during story time at 10:15 a.m. Friday, July 12, at the Pine River Public Library.

Local author Craig Nagel will visit the library at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, to discuss stories from his newest book, “Looking Back: A 1950s Boyhood.”

Josh Duffee

Josh Duffee and his big band will return to Hackensack for a two-day music festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, at the Hackensack Community Building, sponsored by the Northwoods Arts Council. “The First Ladies of Song” will feature female vocalists of the big-band era. Get tickets at Southside Fuel Plus, Swanson's Bait and Gas in Hackensack, the July flea market at Sacred Heart Church, and at

Band in the Park

Rockin’ Hill Band, an eight-piece group playing a variety of rock & roll, blues, jazz classics and more, will perform a free Band in the Park concert from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes. The band features Adam Rees on guitar; Joe Sullivan on tenor, baritone and soprano sax and piano; Jim Henkemeyer on vibes; Craig Lunde and Christina Thell on vocals; Jim Hanson on keys and vocals; John Jambor on vocals and percussion; Terry Miles on bass; and Mike Owen on drums.