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Motorcycle rally Sept. 20

The lakes area's Zorbaz Mexican restaurants will host the first-ever "Leather & Leavez Motorcycle Rally" on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Proceeds from the event will support children's programming at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, including the center's after school program, youth basketball, youth football, Sunfish swim team, art outreach to area schools, children's theater shows and more.

"The idea was to have a 'farewell to summer' ride," said Becky Mitchell, coordinator for the event. The center chose to host a motorcycle ride because, as Mitchell put it, it "sounded like fun."

The 140-mile ride starts at noon from the DLCCC at 826 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, at noon. There will be a pancake breakfast provided by Country Kitchen in the Senior Center in the lower level of the Holmes Theatre from 10 a.m. until noon (free will donations will be accepted).

Stops along the route will include Zorbaz' restaurants in Park Rapids, Little Pine (near Perham), Pelican Lake and Detroit Lakes. There will also be 50/50 raffles, door prizes and more throughout the day.

The ride ends with a hot dog and bean feed (free will donation) and live music by Acoustic Addiction at the Detroit Lakes Zorbaz on West Lake Drive.

There will also be a raffle for a brand new 2007 Vino Classic Scooter provided by Seaberg Power Sports of Detroit Lakes.

"The scooter gets up to 110 miles per gallon," Mitchell noted. Raffle tickets are $5 and will be available the day of the ride, as well as at the DLCCC, Historic Holmes Theatre and through DLCCC employees. The cost is $20 per person, with all pre-registered riders receiving a free t-shirt.

Riders can pick up a registration form at the DLCCC front desk, the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office, any participating Zorbaz or online (by download) at

The ride is sponsored by Zorbaz, Seaberg Power Sports, Country Kitchen, Precision Printing, KDLM and Wild Country.

The Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center provides quality experiences to learn, grow and play. The center opened in 2001 and consists of a state of the art fitness and aquatic center and the renovated 837-seat Historic Holmes Theatre.

Volunteers are also needed for the rally, Mitchell noted. To sign up, contact the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at the DLCCC, 218-844-SHOW (7469).

Theater season opens

The day after the motorcycle rally, on Sunday, Sept. 21, the 2008-09 season gets underway at the DLCCC's Historic Holmes Theatre with a comedy presentation based on the writings of Patrick F. McManus. "A Fine & Pleasant Misery" stars actor Tim Behrens, who will weave McManus's tales of growing up in rural America into a truly hilarious evening.

Behrens portrays more than a dozen different McManus characters during the two-act play, which begins at 7 p.m. There will also be a pre-party at 5 p.m. in the Holmes Theatre Ballroom. Tickets for the show are $22 for adults and $11 for students.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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