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Happenings is free, and submissions are run on a first-come, first-serve basis and as space allows. Happenings entries that include date, time and place, as well as a contact person's name and telephone number, of an event can be e-mailed to Pippi Mayfield at or submitted online at

Thursday, Dec. 13

Genealogical Society

Heart O'Lakes Genealogical Society holds its Christmas party on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Becker County Museum. Anyone who is interested in researching their family history is invited to attend. Please bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Becker County Food Pantry. There will be some time to research following the meeting. Call Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 if you have any questions.

PEO Chapter FG

P.E.O. Chapter FG meets at 7 p.m. in the home of Mary Nordmark, with Rachel Windloss and Beve Melgaard assisting. The program will be a gift exchange game. Dessert will be served.

Friday, Dec. 14

Square dance

There is a square dance in Century school in Park Rapids, with a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10. The caller will be Myron Hollatz, and Donna will cue round dancing between trips. The club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Holiday Train

The CP Holiday Train stops at the Holmes Street crossing at 3:15 p.m. Bring a food donation for the Becker County Food Pantry.

Music teachers

The Lakes Area Independent Music Teachers Association holds its meeting and holiday social in the home of Marlys Douglas, 311 Elizabeth Street. All area independent music teachers are invited to attend. Please bring a light hors d'oeurve. For information, and to RSVP, call 847-5188.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Youth dance party

A dance party for youth begins at 6 p.m. in the Northern Lights Freedom and Life Church, east of Richwood on Co. Rd. 34. Sponsored by A Generation United for Jesus, the party will include music, food and fun.

Old Time Variety Dance

An Old Time Variety Dance is from 7 to 10 p.m. in the White Pine Room, Frazee. Music is by Stan's Country Dutchmen.

Bowhunters open house

The Heart of Lakes Bowhunters hosts an open house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Boys and Girls Club, DL. There will be bows there to give archery a try, plus information on various indoor leagues available. For more info, call Kyle at 841-1888 or Bruce at 234-3355.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Sunday School program

Faith Lutheran Church Sunday School program "The Gift of Love" is at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 17

Mental Health Advisory


The Becker County Children's Local Advisory Council on Mental Health meets monthly at noon in Solutions Behavioral Health, 1104 W. River Road, DL. The council is seeking parents of children who currently access the mental health system.

Izaak Walton League

The Izaak Walton League, Prairie Woods Chapter, meets from 7-8:30 p.m. in the DL Library main meeting room. A representative of the Greater Minnesota Regional Park and Trail Coalition will address issues connected with fairness of distribution of Parks and Trails Legacy Funds and efforts toward resolution. The discussion will center around metro versus outstate area awards.

Agency on Aging

The West Central Area Agency on Aging Joint Powers Board meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Agency on aging office, Fergus Falls.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Overeaters Anonymous,

Serenity Group

Overeaters Anonymous Detroit Lakes Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon in the second floor library of the First Lutheran Church.

Lions Club

The Detroit Lakes Lions Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. For more information, contact Gerald Johnson at 847-3923.


These Happenings section items or events do not have a specific date, or take place on more than one day.

ECFE Santa's Workshop

The Detroit Lakes Early Childhood Family Education Program invites all families with preschoolers to a free Santa's Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 4:30-6 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 14, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Lincoln Education Center. Children and their parents will make decorations and gifts, play holiday games, visit with Santa, and more. Childcare providers and grandparents are also welcome to bring children they care for. For more information, please call 847-4418. No need to pre-register.

Santa letters

The Detroit Lakes Women of Today are helping Santa! Visit to download and print your form, or pick one up at Central Market, The Washington Square Mall, The Library or The Chamber of Commerce, to get a personalized letter sent to your child. Proceeds benefit local organizations and service projects. Cost is $3 per letter.

Lake Park Community Ed

Lake Park Community Education offers several upcoming classes. Scrap-booking with Candi. Classes are Tuesday, Jan. 15, 22, 29, and Feb. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Fee is $30 for all 4 classes plus cost of supplies paid to Candi.

On going classes: Yoga, Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Fee is $5 per session; Zumba, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fee is $5 per session.

L.A. Moms group

L.A. (Lakes Area) 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.

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

Faithful Parents Group

Parents Supporting Parents meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. Help and support for those who are struggling with addition among their family or friends. At 8 p.m. is a conference prayer call at 213-493-0800 pin #414742. Everyone is welcome to call in with prayer requests. Please call for directions to the meeting near Rchwood to Karlena at 218-849-5501.

TOPS chapter 30

Minnesota TOPS Chapter 30 meets Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church choir room.

TOPS chapter 1251

Minnesota TOPS Chapter 1251 meets every Tuesday in the Lake Park Lutheran Church, using the west church entrance to the basement. Effective immediately weigh-ins start at noon and the meeting at 12:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. If you would like more information, contact 532-2883

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.

Birthing class

St. Mary's Innovis Health 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.

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.