Fun First State events to dive into

1. Brian La Blanc was so impressive when he sang a Neil Diamond song that Paul Shaffer, band leader from “The Late Show with David Letterman,” encouraged him to start his own tribute.

Over the years, Simply Diamond has toured across the country and abroad.

The show features La Blanc donning the famous sequin shirt on stage. The band pays great attention to the detailed arrangements Diamond and his collaborators created.

Simply Diamond will shine at The Freeman Stage at Bayside, 31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville at 7 p.m., Saturday. COST $20. INFO or 436-3015.

2. The guitar-heavy band Nothin’ But Trouble gives folks Americana, original blues that compels listeners to use their happy feet.

Nothin’ But Trouble features lead guitar players Chris McAfee and Joey Fulkerson with a tight rhythm section featuring Steve Taylor on bass and Bruce Benson on drums. All four sing and write their own music.

The band will be joined by special guest Wes Lanich on keys, along with the Handcuffed Horn section featuring Rob and David Kershner.

Nothin’ But Trouble hits the stage at the Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South St., Smyrna at 7 p.m., Saturday. COST $8 child; $14 member, military and senior; $16 general admission. INFO or 653-4236.

3. The longtime tradition of papermaking has recently been revived with an emphasis on sustainability.

The public will get a chance to explore eco-friendly, chemical-free techniques – making pulp, forming sheets and pressing and drying paper in a handmade paper workshop.

Participants will be able to get creative and include natural elements such as leaves and wildflowers in their pulp to create decorative effects.

When it’s all said and done, they will go home with several sheets of authentic handmade paper and ideas for using it in arts and crafts projects.

It’s recommended that people bring rubber gloves and an apron, if desired. All materials are included in the registration fee.

The paper-making class will be held in the main house wet lab of Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Road, Hockessin from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. COST $35. INFO or 239-4244.