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Enjoy music, food, wine at upcoming outdoor venues

This Saturday is shaping up to be a doozie of a day if you love to hear jazz and blues music alfresco.

The Lamont Cranston Band will perform as part of Happy Harry's Blues on the Red from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Town Square in downtown Grand Forks.

The Minneapolis-based blues band was founded in 1969 by brothers Pat and Larry Hayes.

The group, which has produced 14 albums and numerous hit songs, has appeared with industry powerhouses including Bonnie Raitt, Wilson Pickett, The Blues Brothers, Mighty Joe Young and many others.

In 2010, the Lamont Cranston Band was inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame.

It has received numerous Critics' Choice and Readers' Choice awards for "Best Twin Cities Band" by the publication City Pages.

On Saturday, the opening act is Track K.

Food and beverages by the Brick and Barley restaurant will be available for purchase.

The event is free.

Pack more musical magic into your Saturday at Grape Mill Vineyard and Winery in rural East Grand Forks where Grand Forks percussionist Mike Blake will play the vibraphone as only he can.

Blake, a master of jazz and longtime UND music educator, coaxes soothing and saucy tunes from the vibraphone from 3 to 5 p.m. at the vineyard which overlooks the banks of the Red Lake River.

While you relax and enjoy the music, sample some of the vineyard's wines for a pretty-much-perfect afternoon.

For more information about the event or the winery at 18696 430th Ave. SW, call (218) 499-9463.

Can't wait until Saturday to hear live music?

Catch the last summer concert of the City Band at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Myra Band Shell on the grounds of the Grand Forks County Historical Society, 2405 Belmont Road.

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. It's free.

Also on Thursday, a "Rock the Boat" concert featuring local bluegrass band Moon Shines Red, is planned for 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Boathouse on the Red, 101 Riverboat Road, Grand Forks.

You'll also find food trucks and a cash bar on site.

Looking for a different experience for kids who may be unable to imagine a world without smartphones and tablets? Well, they could experience exactly that during School House Days on Wednesday at the Grand Forks County Historical Society.

They'll discover what life was like for rural schoolchildren in the 1930s as they explore the one-room schoolhouse and sit in desks with inkwells.

Pre-registration is required. Event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (701) 775-2216 or stop by the museum at 2405 Belmont Road.

Delve into this area's religious history Sunday when Doug Munski and Erik Williamson present a talk about rural faith communities.

The talk, titled "Prairie Churches of North Dakota," begins 2 p.m. at Grand Forks Public Library. It's offered in conjunction with a traveling exhibit from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Munski is a geography professor at UND. Williamson is a lay pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The library is at 2110 Library Circle, south of Kmart.