Thursday, December 7
Senior Driver Safety Class: A defensive driving and safety refresher course for senior drivers will be held at the Perham Public Library (225 2nd Ave. NE), from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, or to register, contact instructor Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.
Friday, December 8
Square Dance: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the Century School in Park Rapids, starting at 7:30 p.m. The caller for this dance will be Royce Nelson: 7:30 p.m. plus, 8-10 p.m. mainstream. All dancers and spectators are welcome. For more information call Karen Van De Venter at 218-252-3853.
Saturday, December 9
Holy Rosary Cookie Walk: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, located at 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host its 27th Annual Cookie Walk from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Center. Homemade cookies and candies will be sold by the pound, as well as lefse fresh off the griddle, breakfast rolls warm from the oven, hot coffee, a silent auction — and even a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus!
Holiday Cookie Walk & Bake Sale: Bakke Lutheran Church, located six miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road (Becker County Road 21), will host a Holiday Cookie Walk & Bake Sale from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fudge, cookies, breads and more will be for sale at a cost of $6 per pound, with proceeds benefitting local church charities including Mary's Place, Lakes Crisis & Resource Center and the Detroit Lakes Ministerial Association.
Family Day at the Museum: The Becker County Museum, located at 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, will be offering a full slate of holiday activities starting at 11 a.m., from Christmas cookie decorating (50 cents each) to the judging for its annual Christmas Cookie Contest (entries must be submitted by noon), as well as "Winter Harvest" author Pippi Mayfield signing copies of her new book, which details the history of ice harvesting in Becker County. Call the museum at 218-847-2938 for details.
PEO Chapter DQ Meeting: Chapter DQ of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) meets at 9:15 a.m. for Christmas music, brunch and Opportunities at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Opportunities is a silent auction fundraiser to assist eligible women through P.E.O. grants, scholarships and low interest loans. Hostess for the day is Dana Emery, assisted by Maureen Karsnia, Rachael Gabe, Vicki Johnson and Judy Quam. Anne Jorgenson will present a Christmas program.
Sunday, December 10
Live Nativity: Lake Park Lutheran Church will host an "Away in a Manger" Live Nativity presentation from 4 to 6 p.m. Church youth group members will be serving cocoa and treats. Visitors can walk or drive to enjoy the presentation; watch for signs.
Dallas Holm at The Refuge: Christian music icon Dallas Holm will be performing at The Refuge Christian Outreach Center (921 Eighth St. SE, Detroit Lakes), starting at 6 p.m. Seating is limited for this adults-only concert; admission is a free will offering. Call 218-847-1982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Monday, December 11
Holiday Concert: The Lake Park-Audubon High School Music Department will present its 2017 Holiday Concert, "Winter Wonderland," at 1:45 and 7:30 p.m. in the high school theater.Directed by Diane Jordan, with Melissa mattson, Hailey Olson and Lauren Olson as accompanists, this concert will feature the LPAHS Junior and Senior High Choirs as well as the Raider Pop Group. Free admission.
Tuesday, December 12
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its annual stop in Detroit Lakes at 2:30 p.m. on Soo Avenue, between Holmes and Front streets. Featured performers this year will be Canadian artists Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott, who will be performing live on the train stage starting at 2:45 p.m. The concert is expected to last approximately half an hour; Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to distribute hot chocolate and accept donations of nonperishable food items and cash for the Becker County Food Pantry. For more information, please visit cpr.ca/holiday-train/united-states.
Holiday Social: The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters is hosting a Holiday Social from 5-7 p.m. at 1380 East Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes. The event is open to all who are interested in learning more about the League and its upcoming activities, or in joining the local chapter. Please RSVP to Amy Erickson at email@example.com if you plan to attend; please bring a guest and an appetizer to share.
Wednesday, December 13
Christmas Sing-Along: The Detroit Lakes Christian Women's Club will host a Christmas sing-along and program, "The Blessings of Christmas," starting at noon in the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn. Lunch is $12 per person; please reserve your seat (or cancel, if necessary) by contacting Norma, 218-846-1977, Esther, 847-5443 or Ruth, 847-5507; no later than Monday Dec. 11. Free nursery is also available; contact Diane Enslin at 847-2165, also by Dec. 11.
Brown Bag Lunch: The Becker County Museum, located at 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, will be hosting a noon presentation by Arville Thompson on "The History of Ice Harvesting in Becker County." Admission to the presentation is free, and participants can choose to bring their own lunch or reserve a box lunch from La Barista for $8 by contacting the museum at 218-847-2938 (lunches must be reserved by 10 a.m. on the day of the presentation).
Friday, December 15
Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Oddfellows Hall at 118 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. Roger McNeil will be the caller.
Sunday, December 17
Christmas Musical: The Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church Choir will present "Season of Rejoicing: A Christmas Musical," by Susan Callaway and Mark Cabaniss, at 8:15 and 10 a.m. The musical is directed by Diane Jordan, with Jane Ballard on piano accompaniment, Jeff Johnson, trombone, and Liz Harman and DeWayne Myhre, soloists. The church is located at 885 Pembina Trail, Detroit Lakes; a Christmas tea will follow both services.
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Eagles Clothing Drive: The Detroit Lakes Eagles Aerie & Auxiliary 2342 are holding a new clothing drive from now through Dec. 8. They are looking for diapers, socks, mittens, scarves and caps, infant through adult sizes, or monetary donations to purchase clothing. Drop off items or donations at the Eagles Club, 112 Holmes St. West, Detroit Lakes. The clothing will be distributed locally to those in need.
Christmas Bake Sale: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee will host a Christmas Bake Sale from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 and 8 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. There will be many different Christmas goodies including rolls, cakes, jams, breads, cookies, and much more. Come and fill your holidays with sweet treats for the whole family. Everyone is welcome.
Christmas Tree Sales: Lakes Area Young Life will be offering Christmas trees and wreaths for sale every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 17, at their lot at 1219 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes (between Weum Chiropractic and Imholte & Dahl, CPA). Prices vary by size. Hours are 4-7 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. All proceeds support Lakes Area Young Life Ministries. For more information please call the local Young Life office at 218-847-3567.
Advent Mini-Concerts: First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes will host a series of Wednesday noon concerts during Advent, featuring local performers. This year's schedule starts off on Dec. 6 with Celtic harp player Tami Jenson, followed by a duo piano performance from Ginny Klein and Holly Heisserer. Vocal/guitar soloist Tim Eggebraaten will perform on Dec. 13, followed by another split concert on Dec. 20, featuring the flute/piano trio of Dotz Johnson, Carol Turner and Connie Wood as well as the First Lutheran "Alleluia Ringers" Bell Choir. All concerts start at noon in the church sanctuary, and will be followed by a (free will offering) soup and sandwich lunch in the fellowship hall. All are welcome to attend both the concert and the lunch.
TOPS meetings: Take Off Pounds Sensibly members help each other stay on track to their weight loss goal. No diets, no food to buy and no workouts to follow. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Minnesota TOPS Chapter 30 meets Mondays in Trinity Lutheran Church choir room in Detroit Lakes. Weigh in is at 4:15 p.m., followed by meeting at 4:30. TOPS Chapter 940 meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m., also at Trinity Lutheran. TOPS 1251 of Lake Park meets every Tuesday at the Lake Park Lutheran Church, with weigh-in starting at 12 noon, followed by the meeting at 12:30. Come and join us as we help each other reach our weight goals as we improve our health. New members always welcome. For more information call 218-532-2883, or 218-532-5882.
Senior Driver Safety Class: A defensive driving and safety class for senior drivers is being held on Dec. 13-14 at the Perham Public Library (225 2nd Ave. NE), from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day (eight hours total). For more information, or to register, contact instructor Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.
GED/Adult Diploma Orientation: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering a two-day orientation for those wanting to enroll in GED or Adult Diploma classes. Orientation dates are Dec. 13-14. Call 218-844-5760 or stop by the ABE offices at M-State to register or for more information.
Free English as a Second Language Classes: Adult Basic Education in Detroit Lakes offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday-Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or stop by the ABE offices at M-State to register or for more information.
Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery at The Refuge, for hurts, habits and hang-ups is Mondays begins with supper at 5:45 p.m., with large group and small group at 6:45. Call 701-367-3313 or 218-847-1982 for more information.
L.A. Moms group: Lakes Area (L.A.) Moms is designed to nurture every mother. At our L.A. Moms group, you will have a chance to socialize with other moms, hear some great teaching, have discussion time and participate in creative activities. L.A. Moms is held the first and third Wednesday of each month throughout the school year from 9-11 a.m. at the Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. For more info, call 218-846-1199.
Senior Social: A Senior Social is held the first and third Thursday of the month at the Neighbor to Neighbor office in Frazee. The address is 501 W. Juniper Suite B. (the "blue building" on old Hwy. 10). Call 218-334-3559 for more information.
Community Alliance Church programs: Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes, hosts Quilting for Missions Mondays at 9:30 a.m.; The first Tuesday of every month is High Mileage (suggested ages 55 and up), which meets for "pot-blessing" meal at noon, followed by special music and a Bible nugget.
Foster homes needed: Foster homes are needed. If you or someone you know can help, please call Becker County Children and Family Services 218-847-5628 and ask for Intake. You can make a difference in a child's life.
Bone Builders: An exercise class for seniors called "Bone Builders" is being held at 405 W. Maple Ave. in Detroit Lakes, Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m., the Lake Park City Center every Tuesday and Friday at 10:15 a.m., and also at the Vergas Event Center, Thursdays at 9:30.a.m. The group focuses on low-impact and balance exercises.
Dunvilla Lions Club: The Dunvilla Lions Club will meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Dunn Township Hall.
Free hot meal: Stop into the Refuge every Thursday and Friday evening for a hot meal served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. The Refuge is located at 921 8th Street SE in Detroit Lakes.
Be a foster grandparent: For those 55 and older interested in being a foster grandparent through the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council program, call 1-800-584-7020 or visit www.tvoc.org.
Adoption grants available: Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church LCMC has grant funds available for families wishing to adopt children. For more information, call 847-1831 or 844-7919.
Cancer support group: Essentia Health St. Mary's Cancer Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. Please meet at the fireplace in the Clinic Lobby. The cancer support group is open to anyone who is affected by cancer — patients, survivors, family, friends or caregivers. For additional information, contact Jennifer Frank at 218-847-0880.
The Caring Cup: Every second and last Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., community members who are dealing with the loss of a loved one meet at the David-Donehower Funeral Home for friendship, support and encouragement. The free program is open to the public, no registration necessary.
Women's Domestic Violence Education Support Group: Lakes Crisis & Resource Center hosts a Women's Domestic Violence Education Support Group every Wednesday from 5:30—6:30 p.m. in the crisis center. Call to pre-register at 218-847-8572 or 218-847-7446. Childcare is available upon request.
Rummikub, more games: Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., come to Holy Rosary fireplace room for coffee, desserts and a game of cards, board games or Rummikub. Everyone is welcome.
Parkinson's Support Group: Emmanuel Nursing Home's Forest Conference Center, 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.
Celebrate Recovery: Every Monday evening the Refuge in Detroit Lakes hosts a supper at 5:45 p.m. and meeting at 6:45 p.m. Call Cleo at 701-367-3313 for more information.
BC Senior Meals: Meals for persons 60 and older are served several times each week at nutrition sites in Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Osage and Wolf Lake or can be delivered directly to homes in these communities, Frazee and Callaway, via the Meals on Wheels program. One-day advance notice of attendance is required at many sites. For more information, call Lake Park at 238-5336, Detroit Lakes at 847-5823, Osage/Wolf Lake at 573-3663, Frazee at 847-5823, Ogema at 877-498-2865, and Callaway (Meals on Wheels only) at 847-5823.
Library Storytime: Children ages 3 through kindergarten are invited to the Detroit Lakes Library on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for exciting stories and activities that are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. For more information, call 847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at www.larl.org.
Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes. Are you caring for a friend or family member age 60 or older? Join other caregivers for education, sharing, problem-solving and refreshments. Facilitated by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. All are welcome. Contact Jaime at (218) 850-8616 with questions.
Lakes Area Quilt Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild meets every 4th Thursday at 7 pm at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes, Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Forest Conference Center. Check us out on Facebook! All levels of quilters, new and experienced are welcome to attend.
Refuge weekly outreach: The Refuge Christian Outreach & Resource Center weekly gatherings include Monday-Friday from 7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Bible; Monday — Celebrate Recovery Meal at 5:45 p.m. and Meeting at 6:45 p.m. (no childcare), Wednesday — Women Ministry and Crafting at 4 p.m./Bible study on Bible Doctrine at 6 p.m., Thursday — Bible study on Battle Field of the Mind by Joyce Meyers, Friday — Christian Movie at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday — free meal and fellowship at 5-6:30 p.m. Call 847-1982 or check website calendar for updates at www.therefugeofdl.org.
Preschool screening: Preschool screening for 3-5 year olds for the Frazee-Vergas district is provided through Becker County Community Health Services. Call Annie at 218-847-5628 ext. 5419 to make an appointment. This one screening will provide your child the requirements for Early Childhood Screening. Minnesota law requires each child attend a health and developmental screening before kindergarten.
Senior Center Activities: The DL Senior Citizens Center has activities all month long. Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. is Pinochle; at 1 p.m. there will be 500 and other games. Whist is played on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. The third Wednesday of each month will be a celebration of birthdays for the month. The second Monday of each month there will be a Site Council meeting at 11 a.m. For more information, call 847-5823.
Bingo for DL Hockey: The DL Youth Hockey organization holds Bingo every Sunday at Zorbaz in support of youth hockey in Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; Bingo starts at 6 p.m.
Adult Basic Ed. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or stop by M State to register.
Eagles Pinochle: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there will be pinochle at the Eagles Club located at 112 West Holmes Street in Detroit Lakes. Members, guests and friends welcome. For questions call Gordy Martinson at 218-841-2940.
Men's lunch, bridge club: Men's lunch and bridge club meets every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. Call (701) 388-4329 if you are interested in playing.
Overeaters Anonymous: All Red River Valley compulsive eaters are welcome to a 12-step program on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church in DL. This is the Serenity Group DL of Overeaters Anonymous. Contact Dorene at 846-0019 for more information.
eReader help: Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions every Tuesday (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Wednesday (4:30-5:30 p.m.) at Detroit Lakes Public Library, or call for an appointment that better fits your schedule. For more information, call Detroit Lakes Public Library at 218-847-2168.
Breastfeeding support group: A Breastfeeding Support Group is Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in St. Mary's Essentia Health conference rooms A & B. Women and children only. Please call the OB floor for more information or to sign up at 847-0804.
Birthing class: Essentia Health St. Mary's hosts childbirth preparation classes for expectant mothers in their sixth to seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include Labor & Delivery, Cesarean Birth, Role of the Labor Companion, Newborn Care, Unexpected Outcomes, Breast & Bottle Feeding, Postpartum Period, Breathing Patterns & Relaxation Techniques. Suggested donation is $30 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (218) 847-0804.