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What's happening this weekend in Detroit Lakes: Mother's Day, fishing and more

It's tradition in Minnesota: Mother's Day falls on the same weekend as the state's fishing opener.

For those who aren't planning to check out the fishing action on area lakes from dawn to dusk on Saturday, there are plenty of other things to see and do.

Aspiring thespians might want to try their hand at taking on the grandfather of English theater, William Shakespeare, as auditions for the Bard's most famous romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet," take place both tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave.

Also tonight, the 20th anniversary celebration at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino continues with a sold-out concert by country music diva Martina McBride, starting at 8 p.m.

And over at Fair Hills Resort, the Mother's Day Weekend Spectacular gets underway tonight as well, with a round of golf at the Wildflower course followed by a screening of the romantic drama, "Dirty Dancing," with popcorn and candy.

Saturday is a day for pampering at Fair Hills, with massage and spa treatments, a group fitness class and evening of parties with Tupperware, Thirty-One and Creative Memories, among other vendors.

Then on Sunday, enjoy a Mimosa brunch, fashion show and afternoon cruise on Big Pelican Lake.

Call Shannon at Fair Hills Resort, 800-323-2849 or e-mail her at for more information.

The Cormorant Lions Club will host a fishing opener breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Cormorant Community Center. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Raffle tickets available at door for 2012 ATV/cash. Drawing is at noon.

Saturday morning is the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Race at DL City Park, starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Sanford Health's cancer's embrace survivorship program and the Roger Maris Cancer Center. Cost is $25 to participate; registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and refreshments will be available after the race in the park for all participants.

The Itasca Moraine Chapter hosts the 8th annual wildflower hike at 9 a.m. Saturday, starting at the North Country Trail parking lot west of Longville on the Woodtick Trail. The hike is 4 miles, passing by Hazel Lake, thorough pine forests and ends at County RD 125 northwest of Longville. Persons familiar with wildflowers are leading the hike.

Another Mother's Day weekend event takes place on Saturday night at the Best Western Premier Lodge on Lake Detroit.

Wine sommelier Scott Lindeman will be presenting and hosting a wine tasting event at 5:30 p.m., followed by live music at 7 p.m. featuring Nick Gruber, Guitar, and Russ Peterson, sax. Call 218-847-8439 for more information.

On Sunday, the DL Knights of Columbus host a Mother's Day ham and turkey dinner from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Holy Rosary Parish Center. Adults are $8, ages 4-12 are $4 and under 4 are free.

Sunday evening, Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist, Anton Treuer, will speak at the ITOW Veterans Museum, 805 West Main, Perham, at 7 p.m.

Join him for a discussion of his book, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask." The program is free and open to the public.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

(218) 844-1454