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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 26

Parkinson’s Support Group

Parkinson’s Support Group is from 2-3 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church. Speaker: Sarah Matcha, nurse practitioner Sanford Fargo. Please contact Sue Sorensen, LSW, at 218-844-7118 if you have questions.

Wildlife Excursion

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts a Wildlife Excursion (offered every Thursday through August) 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.

Taxpayers Association

The Becker County Taxpayers Association meets at 7 p.m. in the DL Library. There will be detailed presentation by the affected taxpayers of how county assessors manipulated field card averages from one taxpayer to another without benefit of surveys. Everyone is welcome. 

Friday, June 27

Party in the Park

Essentia Health Oak Crossing Family Council hosts its annual Party in the Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center. Enjoy food, raffles and music.

Saturday, June 28

DL Friday Noon Group potluck

Detroit Lakes Friday Noon Group hosts a potluck dinner and open AA meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church basement fellowship hall. There will be Alanon and AA speakers at 7.

Ugly truck/car contest

The Detroit Lakes Eagles Aerie 2342 host an ugly truck/car contest is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Washington Square Mall parking lot. Trophies awarded to Ugliest and People’s Choice. Entry fee is $15. Contact Ardean Anderson at 218-849-2704 for more info.

Woodland Amble

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts a Woodland Amble at 10 a.m. In this easy-paced walk, we will explore a variety of wildflowers, shrubs and trees along the North Country Trail. Let’s discover what is hidden on the forest floor and in the canopy layers. Field guides, hand lenses will be provided. Bring water, bug protection, cameras and curiosity for this two hour stroll. Meet at the 400th Ave. North Country Trail trailhead.

Sucker Creek Outlaws

Sucker Creek Outlaws hold their monthly match beginning with registration at noon, followed by a safety meeting at 12:45 p.m. and shoot at 1. Guests also welcome. Anyone welcome to come early and help set up is welcome, the gate will be open at 10 a.m.

Festival of Authors and Artists

Dorset’s annual Festival of Authors and Artists is from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Dorset. There will be juried art show outdoors and live music on the boardwalk. Sister Wolf Books will have authors signing their books, and Brian Freeman will give a reading at 1:30 and Julie Kramer at 3:45. For more information, go to or call 218-732-7565.

Sunday, June 29

Outdoor service

Lund Lutheran Church hosts an outdoor service at 9 a.m. The church is 9 miles north on Richwood Road.

Floyd Shores fishing contest

The annual Floyd Shores Family Fun Fishing Contest is free to all association members and their families. Fishing may start at 12 a.m., and fish will be weighed between 3 and 4 p.m. at Pete Mathison’s house. There will be four age divisions, and awards will be presented after the weigh-in. For more info, call Pete Mathison at 847-3600.

Plants movie

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge presents the movie “What Plants Talk About” at 2 p.m. Plants are actively communicating with the environment every day, responding to nutrients, predators, and herbivores that are around them. This film shows that plants are smarter than we thought. Stay to learn about the invasive plants of the refuge and how we are trying to outsmart them.

Lake Park Historical Society open house

The Lake Park Area Historical Society Old Schoolhouse open house is from 1-3 p.m. Come to see the newly renovated Old Country Schoolhouse in Lake Park (located to the east of the American Legion building). There will be cookies, coffee and lemonade served. Photo displays and information about the Lake Park Area Historical Society’s new website and activities.

Monday, June 30

Birding Club

The Lakes Area Birding Club meets at 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Come and meet the new Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden.  Guests are welcome.

Tuesday, July 1

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Beach party for dads

Partners In Parenting and Young Lives sponsor a free Beach Party for all young moms and dads ages 22 and under. It is from 3 to 7 p.m. at SOL on the beach. Cost is free. Come for grilled picnic foods, music, pontoon rides, paddle boarding, a bouncy house, childcare and more.

Thursday, July 3

‘Magic Tree House’ project

The Detroit Lakes Library hosts Paws in the “Magic Tree House” at 2 p.m. When, where, and with whom has the Magic Tree House landed? With “Lions at Lunchtime”? or “Tigers at Twilight”? or “Dogs in the Dead of Night”? We will make tree house replicas and decorate them to match a Magic Tree House book destination.


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

Clothing drive

The DAV and Lakes Area Color Guard are collecting donated clothing June 23-27 at the trailer near the former Sinclair Station across from Central Market. They are asking for gently used clothing and small appliances and no furniture, beds or large appliances. Proceeds from the collected and sold clothing will be spent on local veterans programs.

Cormorant Lutheran Auction

The 20th annual Cormorant Lutheran Auction sale begins at 10 a.m. The rummage sale will be June 27 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and June 28 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Both will be held on the church grounds. Cormorant Lutheran is located at 14314 Co. Hwy 4, Lake Park.

Crafters welcome

Crafters, cardmakers and scrapbookers are invited to meet every Tuesday throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Senior Citizens Center, located in the DLCCC. Bring a project you’re working on or start a new one there. This gathering is for adults. For more information, call 844-7723 or 847-5823.  

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.

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