River falls, Wis.
Bluegrass fans can enjoy hours of live music during the ninth annual River Falls Roots and Bluegrass Festival April 12-14. Start the music-filled weekend at 5 p.m. Friday with a beer and wine tasting and music by the Good Intentions at Junior’s Bar and Restaurant in downtown River Falls. Music continues Friday and throughout the weekend at various venues along Main Street. Attendees can check concerts, jam sessions and workshops (riverfallsbluegrass.com).
West Branch, Iowa
“Written in Stone: The Treasures of Eden and the Rosetta Stone,” a traveling exhibit featuring rare and ancient artifacts from Egypt and other countries in the Middle East and Europe, will be on display April 13 through Oct. 27 at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. The exhibition includes an exclusive casting of the Rosetta Stone; a replica of the Phaestos Disc, a 4,000-year-old clay disk, and stone inscribed tablets, weapons, idols, sacred deities and more (tinyurl.com/ydaqllsc; 1-319-643-5301).
Set your plans and order your tickets soon to attend the 110th Drake Relays April 24-27. The annual sports and festival event draws thousands of spectators from around the country to watch top collegiate and high school athletes compete in dozens of races and field events at Drake University Stadium. Other weekend activities include a half-marathon and 5K race. Pre-race events include a half-marathon and 5K race on April 20, the free 40th annual Beautiful Bulldog contest on April 22, and the Grand Blue Mile race on April 23. Reserved tickets required for races, $20-$100; April 25 is general admission only, $10 (drakerelays.org).
Colleen A. Coles