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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

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Advent service

Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, hosts Advent Services on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Adult Spanish Club

On the 5th of each month, join the adult Spanish Club at El Loro to practice your conversation skills. Drinks are at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7.

Lake Park Garden Club

The Lake Park Garden Club is going on a field trip to the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo, which includes a mini tour, coffee and cookies and a visit with the owner, Karen Stoker. Leave from St. Francis Church parking lot in Lake Park at 1 p.m.


The December MAC-NAPS distribution is from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Applications are available at St. Luke’s Church. To quality, you must be at least 60 years of age and meet the USDA income guidelines.

The Refuge event

The Refuge hosts its annual Winter Fundraiser, “There’s Somebody Out There: Hurting, Hungry & Homeless” in the Holmes Theater Ballroom, beginning at 5 p.m. with a social followed by dinner at 5:30 catered by St. Mary’s of the Lakes. There will be speaking, testimonies and music. Cost is $25 per plate or $250 per table seating for 10. RSVP to or 218-847-1982.

Saturday, Dec. 7

PEO Chapter DQ

Chapter DQ, P.E.O. meets socially for brunch and Christmas activities at 9:30 a.m. in the home of Liz Fossen. Assisting hostesses are Cindy Legler, Sue Hesby, Pam Anderson and Nancy Swedberg.  Items for the Food Pantry will be collected.

Puppy open house

Lucky Dog, the Marshmallow Foundation, Patriot Assistance Dogs and A Bit of Elegance Grooming Salon host an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a silent auction, bake sale and vendor booths. There will also be a microchip clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Brunch and Basket event

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Frazee, hosts Brunch and Basket event from 9 to 11 a.m. There will be egg bake for brunch and a silent auction of baskets. Brunch is $6 and children 5 and under are $3. Everyone is welcome.

Turkey bingo

St. Theodore’s Church, Ponsford/Pine Point, hosts turkey bingo beginning at 1:30 p.m. There will be 20 games, and there will be a free lunch. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, Dec. 9

Ring the Bells concert

The Lake Park-Audubon High School Music Department presents the 2013 holiday concert Ring the Bells with the senior and junior high choirs and pop group and soloists. The concert is at 1:45 and 7:30 p.m. in the LP-A High School gym. It is free admission.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Grieving my way

Grieving my Way, a support group for parents who have experienced the loss of a child of any age, meets the second Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Library. For more info, call Brenda at 846-9275.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Advent mini concerts

First Lutheran Church, DL, host a mini concert featuring Kathryn (Knuttila) Karg and her husband Andy Karg. Musical performances are from noon to 12:30 p.m., followed by a soup and sandwich lunch. The public is invited to this free event.

Christian Women’s Club

The DL Christian Women’s Club hosts “Christmas in your Heart” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Holiday Inn. Lunch cost is $8.75. Make reservations by Dec. 9 to Norma at 846-1977 or Ruth at 847-5507.

Advent service

Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, invites you to join them for Advent Services on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

NARFE meeting

Detroit Lakes NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) Chapter 1842 meets at noon in the Ice Cutter Room at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. Guest speakers will be Amy Dallmann and Lois Greenig from Mahube-Otwa, who will speak on the programs available for seniors. All current and retired Federal employees and spouses are encouraged to attend.


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.

Senior drive safety class

An eight-hour defensive driving class is Dec. 9 and 10 from 5-9 p.m. in the Perham Senior Center, 300 W. Main, Perham. Cost is $20. A four-hour refresher course is Dec. 10 from 5-9 p.m. Cost is $13. To register, call Denise Lillis at 346-3336.

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.

Holiday Vendor Blender

Lake Park Audubon Community Education is hosting a Holiday Vendor Blender and Craft Bazaar on Nov. 23 in the Lake Park High School gym and theater. An 8 x 8 space is $12 if you bring your own table. It will be $5 extra per table to use ours. Contact the Community Ed. department at 218-238-5914 ext. 2091 or email at for more information or to register.

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.