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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

Thursday, June 19

Senior Fest

Becker County Senior Network hosts Senior Fest from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. Cost is $12. There will be provider booths, Outstanding Senior Recognition Program, educational speakers, music, pontoon rides, lunch, root beer floats and door prizes throughout the day. For more information call Mahube-Otwa at 218-847-1385.

Camp Cherith open house

Come visit Camp Cherith from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. during an open house. Everyone is invited to come and try some of the activities, tour the campsite and make a dessert over the campfire. It’s an open house, so come for any or all — archery, horses, crafts, nature, outdoor cooking and more.

Wildlife Excursion

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts a Wildlife Excursion at 10 a.m. Explore the refuge with a knowledgeable guide. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of the refuge on this two hour adventure. Meet at the visitor center.

Friday, June 20

Talk of the Town

Steve Stark will speak during “Talk of the Town” beginning at 9 a.m. in the Cormorant Community Center. Stark will be in costume and bring a unique history presentation to life in telling stories while actually drawing with skill and speed before your eyes on 20-30 feet of giant rolls of paper. Come and enjoy this free event. Coffee and cookies will be served.

Ecumen celebrates 50 years

Ecumen Detroit Lakes celebrates 50 years of service with a “A Dance to Remember” from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. There will be a hog roast, music and dancing by The Shakers, a classic car show and beach volleyball.

Miss Northwest candidates

The Miss Northwest Pageant Committee is looking for Miss Northwest Outstanding Teen contestants ages 13-16 and Miss contestants ages 17-23. The pageant will be July 11, and application closing date is June 20. The Miss Northwest pageant is affiliated with the Miss America franchise. For more information, contact Cindy Moore at 218-334-2321.

Saturday, June 21

Long Lake Association meeting/picnic

The Long Lake Betterment Association annual meeting/picnic begins at 4 p.m. at Long Lake Park.

Photography workshop

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts a Photography Workshop and Safari from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Discover the fun and adventure of photographing wildlife, plant life and the ever changing scenes of nature at Tamarac. Bring your own camera and sack lunch. Get the inside scoop on  how to take a great picture including subject, composition, and light from members of  the Lakes Area Photography Club. Travel to some unique areas on the refuge. Meet at the visitor center. 

Sunday, June 22

Dan Kiser Jr. benefit

A benefit for MMA fighter Dan Kiser Jr. is all day at The Hub in Fargo. Meals include pancake feed from 8 to 11 a.m., chili cook-off from noon to 3 p.m. and spaghetti feed from 5 to 8 p.m. Entertainment includes live music and a comedy show. There will also be a bake sale, silent auction and Games to Go. For more information, email An account has also been set up at for donations.

North America movie

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge presents the movie “North America Episode 1– Born to be Wild” at 2 p.m. Take an extraordinary journey through North America and meet the incredible array of exotic wildlife that lives in our backyard. Through epic cinematography and compelling storytelling, we experience their struggle for survival in this land of extremes.

Tuesday, June 24

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Sons of Norway

Sons of Norway sponsors a free will offering concert at 7 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church with Trio Con Brio from Sweden performing with flute, English horn and piano. Refreshments will be served after the concert. Habitat for Humanity will be serving their meal in the Trinity Church parking lot instead of the park.  All are welcome to come to Trinity to eat.


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

Snow cones for Relay

The Detroit Lakes Women of Today are serving snow cones to raise money for the Becker County Relay for Life.  Snow cones are $1 and include a variety of flavors. Find them at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center on June 19 from 6-8 p.m. and at the Becker County Relay for Life June 20 at the DL High School Track from 5-9 p.m. 

Tuesday in the Park

Habitat for Humanity serves burger, hot dogs and brats each Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. before the concerts. Funds will assist in providing affordable housing for needy families. Tuesdays in the Park concerts begin at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. Performers include Trio Con Brio, June 24; Dennis Craswell, July 1; Tim Eggebratten, July 8; Doc & The Scrubs, July 15; Sheri Breznay, July 22; Mark Fogelson, July 29; Purple Pan Steel Drum Band, Aug. 5; Ulen Centennial Band, Aug. 12; Doc & The Scrubs, Aug. 19; Lakes Area Community Concert Band, Aug. 26.

DLHS Class of 1984 reunion

The Detroit Lakes Class of 1984 reunion is June 28, beginning with social hour at 6 p.m., with dinner to follow, at the Detroit Country Club. There will be hors d’ourves, desserts, ’80s music and a fun program. Cost is $20 per person. To purchase your ticket online using paypal, visit, Groups:  DL Class of 1984. Or send a check to Mara Bergen, 1698 East Shore Drive, DL 56501.

Christian Fellowship VBS

Christian Fellowship Church, DL, hosts VBS June 23-27 from 9 a.m. to noon each day for ages 4-11. It is free and open to any children. There will be a special VBS awards program and barbecue lunch on June 29. The theme is “The Old Testament in Living Color, Time and Space.”

Grace Lutheran VBS

Grace Lutheran Church, DL, hosts vacation Bible school June 23-26 from 6 to 8:20 p.m. each day. Take a walk on the wild side with “Weird Animals.” Come for experiments, adventures and music.

Church auction, rummage

Cormorant Lutheran Church, Lake Park, hosts an auction and rummage sale. The rummage sale is June 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the auction begins June 28 at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served.

Plant, pest clinics

The Becker County Master Gardeners host plant and pest clinics June 20, 23, 27, 30 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Becker County Extension Office, 1120 8th SE, Detroit Lakes. For more information, call (218) 846-7328 (extension 7105).

Ladies golf league

Ladies Tuesday Lakeview Golf League meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Course May-August. Call Lakeview Course at 847-8942 on Tuesdays to be included in a foursome. For more information, email, or call Ginny Imholte at 847-4236 or Mary Frigstad at 846-3166.

Trap shooting

Trap shooting at Osage Sportsmans Club is available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting at 5 p.m. To get to the range, from Hwy 34 in Osage, turn north on County 48, 1.3 miles on the left side.  For more information, go to or find them on Facebook at or call Doug Geise at 218-573-3090.

Faith Christian enrollment

Faith Christian School in Detroit Lakes is now enrolling for grades K-5th for the 2014/2015 school year. Call Anita Thorson at 847-7375 for more information.

Arts festival

The Perham Center for the Arts hosts an arts festival June 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kidsfirst Preschool

Kidsfirst Preschool at First Lutheran Church is taking registrations for their summer preschool session. Please call Beth at 847-5656 for more information.

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Play

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre is back this year to help put on “Peter Pan.” Youth ages 7-18 are invited to join Lake Park-Audubon Community Ed this summer for a trip to Neverland with a twist. Practice is Aug. 18-23, and auditions take place on the first day and everyone gets a part. Participants should bring a water bottle and snack each day to practice. There will be two public performances. Fee is $58. Contact LPA Community Ed. at 218-238-5914 ext. 2091 to register.

Cancer support group

Essentia Health St. Mary’s Cancer Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 5 pm.  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. 

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.