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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, Aug. 20

Larry’s Plus dance

Larry’s Plus Square Dance is 7–9 p.m. in the IOOF Hall, 118 W Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. Larry Johansen is caller.

Thursday, Aug. 21

Wildlife Excursion

Explore the Tamarac National Wildlife 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’s Center at 10 a.m.

Plant Swap

The Lake Region Garden Club is hosting a perennial plant swap from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park. They ask participants to bring perennial plants from their gardens, labeled with name, variety and other helpful information on care. Event is first come, first serve.

Friday, Aug. 22

Steak fry

The 1st Zinger Squadron hosts a steak fry fundraiser beginning at 5 p.m. in the DL American Legion Club. Cost is $11.

Saturday, Aug. 23

Pork roast

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Audubon, hosts its annual pork roast is from 4-7 p.m. It is a freewill offering.

Nature photo safari

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts a Nature Photo Adventure at 10 a.m. Late summer flowers will be blooming and there will be a touch of autumn in the air. It’s just in time to capture some photos for Tamarac’s Annual Photo Contest. Bring your camera, a snack and water for this 2 hour tour. Meet at the visitor center.

Sunday, Aug. 24

Outdoor service

Lund Lutheran Church hosts an outdoor service at 9 a.m. The church is 9 miles north on Richwood Road. Special music is by A Chord, a men’s quartet from Battle Lake.

Shoreham Chapel

The Historic Shoreham Chapel, located across from the Hotel Shoreham, starts at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. Music is by the Tonya Todd Band. The Rev. Tim Cook will be officiating.

Seth O’Neill fundaiser

Seth O’Neill, DL, will be going on The World Race, serving 11 countries in 11 months on a mission trip. A going away celebration and fundraiser for his trip is from noon to 3 p.m. in the DL Pavilion. There will be food, silent auction, dunk tank and more. To see more about his trip, visit

St. Theodore’s spaghetti dinner

St. Theodore’s Church in Ponsford hosts their annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults and kids over 10 can enjoy the meal for $8, under 10 is $4 and under 6 is free. After the meal will be a raffle drawing for cash and prizes. If you have questions, call Kay Joyce at 218-573-3973.

Wolves movie

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge presents the movie ‘Wolves’ at 2 p.m. Discover the world of wolves by plane, helicopter, on foot and through time. Stay for the latest update on Tamarac’s wolves with a possible habitat site visit.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Overeaters Anonymous

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

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 Lakes Area Community Concert Band.


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

Rotary peach sale

The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary annual peach sale is Aug. 27-28 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. (while supplies last) in the Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store and Kmart parking lots. Cost is $32 a lug and $20 a half lug. 

Senior Driver Safety class

A Senior Driver 4-hr refresher class is Sept. 3 and Sept. 10 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the United Community Bank, Perham. Cost is $15. To register, call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336 or email

Bowhunters archery shoot

The Heart of Lakes Bowhunters 3-D Archery Shoot is Aug. 23-24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Rangefinders will be allowed. For more information, call Kyle Aho at 218-841-1888 or email

New Student Registration

Beginning Aug. 18, families new to the Detroit Lakes School District may go to the school in their area to register new students. School for grades 1-12 begins on Sept. 2, kindergarten classes begin Sept. 4.

DLHS Class of 1949

The Detroit Lakes High School Class of 1949 hosts their 65th class reunion on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. Organizers are still looking for contact information for Donald Larson, Marvin Johnson and Noel Gunderson. Contact Louanne Gerdes at 847-8986 for more info.

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 Aug. 22, 25 and 29 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.

Detroit Lakes 50th class reunion

The Detroit Lakes Senior High class of 1964 will hold its 50th class reunion on Sept. 12-13. In the evening on Friday, Sept. 12, a 1960s car show will be held at Burnside’s Charhouse and Bar. There will also be a gathering Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Fireside Restaurant. For more information on the reunion, contact Rich Grabow at 847-3590 or Kathie Schaffler for a registration form at

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.

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

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 1251

TOPS Chapter 1251, Lake Park, meets Tuesdays starting with the weigh-in at 4 p.m. in the Lake Park Lutheran Church basement room. Please use the West entrance and take the basement stairs. New members are always welcome. Call 218-532-2883 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 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.

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.