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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, July 17

Predator Paws

The Detroit Lakes Library hosts Predator Paws at Tamarac at 2 p.m. What kinds of predators live in Becker County? Get this answer and more from a Tamarac Wildlife Refuge naturalist, who will bring along “wild” things to hear, see and touch.

Little Big Year

The Cultural Center in New York Mills is launching its 1st Annual Little Big Year. Anyone interested in birding and learning more about our feathered friends is invited to the organizational meeting at 7 p.m. in the Cultural Center. If you cannot make it to the meeting, you can still participate by contacting the center at or Alice Martin at 218-385-3245.

Ladies salad luncheon

The First Lutheran Ladies Salad Luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with funds going to support the crisis center, Compassion House  and other mission groups. Adults are $8 and children 10 and under are $5.

Garden Club picnic

The Lake Region Garden Club holds its annual potluck picnic at 6 p.m. at Niki Strom’s home.

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, July 18

Pubs and Places opening

Kim Jore, artist and owner of Riverzen Art Studio and Gallery, hosts Pubs And Places At The Lakes, an art opening and fundraiser for the Humane Society of the Lakes, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Speak Easy, Detroit Lakes. This is the 5th series of a collection of watercolors by Kim Jore featuring the Pubs of Fargo/Moorhead and the lakes area.

Saturday, July 19

Longfors/Pihlaja family reunion

The Longfors/Pihlaja family reunion begins at 11 a.m. in the Osage Lions Park. It is potluck, with the entrée provided. For more information, call Aune Longfors at 218-573-3924.

Park Rapids Friendly Squares

Park Rapids Friendly Squares hosts a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Don and Nell Lilquist farm by Wadena. Tom Allen will be calling. Donna Stone will be cueing. There will be a potluck lunch following the dance. All square dancers and spectators are welcome. For more information, contact Joy Benjamin at 218-564-6098.

Sunday, July 20

Wildlife movie

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge presents the movie “First Flight, A Mother Hummingbird’s Story” at 2 p.m. This award winning enchanting documentary follows the dedicated efforts of a tiny black-chinned hummingbird to lay, incubate, hatch two tiny eggs and raise the fledgling chicks. 45 min. Following the film, join us for Hummingbird Trivia and Feeding Tips.

Color guard breakfast

The Lake Region Color Guard hosts a pancake/French toast fundraiser breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon in the DL Legion. Suggested donation is $6.50.

Tuesday, July 22

Overeaters Anonymous

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


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

Belles Club Bazaar, Bake Sale

The Belles Club of St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church will hold its annual bazaar and bake sale from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, and 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 20. The Belles will sell barbecue pork sandwich plates after the 5 p.m. mass on Saturday, and again after the 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday. There will also be cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, coffee and juice served after the 8:30 a.m. mass on Sunday. Lots of games, fun and shopping for the whole family; the winners of the raffles for two quilts and a vacation home getaway will also be announced. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church VBS

Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church host “Weird Animals” vacation bible school from July 20-24. Kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations by participating in Bible-learning activities, singing catchy songs, playing teamwork-building games, digging into treats and more. Weird Animals VBS is for kids from ages 6 -13 and will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. A pre-school class will be available for ages 4-5. For more information and/or rides, call 218-439-3255.

Tuesdays 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 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.

Fair Hills Hootenanny

Fair Hills Resort is celebrating 50 years of its Hootenanny this year. The public is welcome to come eat at the somgasbord each Tuesday at 6 p.m. and stay for the Hootenanny following suppper, or just come for the musical entertainment.

DLHS Class of 1974

The Detroit Lakes High School Class of 1974 hosts their 40th reunion on Aug. 30. Organizers are still looking for several classmates: Linda Carlson, Susan Freeman, David Hayes, Cheryl Hendrickson, Sandy Joy, Terry Kusserow, Mark Lundeen, Judy Matzke, Harlan Miller, John Mitchell, Thomas Murphy, Jeannie Murray, Karen Nelson-Herman, James S. Olson, Barb Oien, Jackie Peterson, Mary (Teri) Schafer, Laura St. Claire, Debbie Stanhope, Kent Whitcomb, Sheryl White, Sue Zirbel and Cheryl Zurn. Contact Barb at 218-234-7658 or with address information or to get more details.

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.  

Jasper’s Theater celebrates 10 seasons

Jasper’s Theater, Park Rapids, is celebrating its’ 10th season of bringing its’ own unique brand of family entertainment to this region.   The theater provides a 2-hour music, magic, comedy and dance variety show featuring four generations of one family, as well as some of the finest entertainers in the region. Jack Sand, Auntie Kreamsaugen, Harley Sommerfeld, Kent Karch, Kathie, Shawn and Dan Brekke bring over 50 years of combined experience to the stage. Visit for more information, and call 218-255-1333 for reservations.

Plant, pest clinics

The Becker County Master Gardeners host plant and pest clinics July 18, 21, 25, 28 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.

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.