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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


Saturday, Nov. 23

Tickle your Taste Buds

Grace Lutheran Church, DL, host Tickle your Taste Buds Fall festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be coffee and rolls in the morning, knoepfle soup and sandwiches in the afternoon. Jams, jelly, pickles, candy, doughnuts and much more will be for sale. There will also be demonstrations in wood carving, rosemaling and lefse making.

Fall bazaar

St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Park Rapids, hosts its fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be coffee and rolls, lunch, crafts, children’s dollar store, bake sale, door prizes and more.

Holidazzle parade

Vergas hosts a Redneck Holidazzle celebration with a beer fun run at 2:45 p.m., parade at 4:30, chili cook-off and meat raffles at 5 and Mr. Redneck pageant at 7. Activities take place in the Vergas Event Center.

Sunday, Nov. 24

Turkey bingo

The Callaway Lions host turkey bingo at 7 p.m. in the Callaway Community Center.

Degerstrom benefit

A benefit for Sean and Amy Degerstrom, who lost their baby boy, Benton, after 25 days, is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lake Park-Audubon High School. There will be a lunch, silent auction, bake sale and inflatable obstacle course. Donations can also be made at Bremer Bank. 

Monday, Nov. 25

Odd Fellows meeting

The Odd Fellows meets at 1:30 p.m. at 118 W. Holmes St., DL. Visitors are always welcome.

Lakes Area Birding Club

The November meeting of the Lakes Area Birding Club is at 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library. John Vos from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Management will be speaking on “Local implementation of the Minnesota Prairie Plan.” All guests are welcome.  Contact Dick Wilson at 846-1594 or Nancy Henke at 847-4004 for more info.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Wednesday, Nov. 27

Frauds and scams

AARP and the Better Business Bureau host an informative discussion on protecting yourself from frauds and scams. It is from 11 a.m. to noon in the DLCCC. There is no cost to attend. To RSVP, call 866-554-5381 or visit

Thursday, Nov. 28

Thanksgiving dinner

Holy Rosary Church, DL, hosts a community Thanksgiving feast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal is free, but donations will be accepted. Takeout orders and transportation are available by calling 847-1393.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Nutcracker holiday luncheon

The Congregational Church hosts a Nutcracker Holiday Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall. There will also be a bake sale.


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

DL area adaptive hockey

 The Detroit Lakes Area Adaptive Hockey is a new team that spends time on the ice working towards being a part of Minnesota Special Hockey, and is open to any age and ability. Practice is Sundays at 7 p.m. in the Kent Freeman Arena.  Registration is required prior to participation. Please call 507-830-1452 for more information.

EMS classes

St. Mary’s EMS is hosting two classes. An EMT class is Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 26-April 10, from 6-10 p.m. in the St. Mary’s EMS building. Cost is $675. A First Responder class is Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 3-March 31, from 6-10 p.m. in the EMS building. Cost is $25. For questions or to sign up for either class, contact Brent Kaiser at 847-0817.

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.

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.

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

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery at The Refuge, for hurts, habits and hang-ups begins with supper at 5:30 p.m., with large group and small group at 6:45. Call 701-367-3313 or 218-847-1982 for more information.

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. Weigh-ins start at 4 p.m., and the meeting at 4:15 p.m. New members are always welcome.  If you would like more information, contact 218-532-2883.

TOPS chapter 910

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. TOPS chapter 910 meets every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, DL. For more information, contact Marlys at 847-6331 or Pam at 847-5760 or Yearly fee is $28.

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

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.

Card making, scrapbook classes

The DL Senior Citizen Center hosts a card making and scrapbooking class every Monday from 9 a.m. to noon. Donated cards are welcome.

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

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.

Adult Basic Education

GED and ESL classes are available through Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education. Contact them at 218-844-5760 or stop by M-State, Room E 103 for a consultation. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.