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Spring has sprung! It's time to celebrate: Four fun things to see, do – and taste – in DL this week

This replica guitar, which is autographed by Bobby Vee, The Cricketts, The Blenders and The Needham Twins, among others, will be one of the items up for sale at the live auction held during Holy Rosary Catholic School's 16th annual Spring Interlude, which is set for this Saturday, March 24 at Holy Rosary. (Submitted photo)1 / 4
This lovely piece of string art, titled "The Nativity," will be auctioned off during Holy Rosary Catholic School's 16th annual Spring Interlude fundraiser, which is set for this Saturday, March 24 at Holy Rosary. (Submitted photo)2 / 4
The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary's annual meatball dinner draws big crowds to the M State cafeteria each year. The 10th annual event is set for this Tuesday, March 21 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. (Submitted photo)3 / 4
For the 10th straight year, Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotarians will be serving up a delicious hot meal of Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy this Tuesday, March 21 at the M State cafeteria. This year's Rotary Meatball Dinner runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and takeout meals are available. (Submitted photo)4 / 4

Springtime officially arrives in the lakes area this Monday, and the local calendar of events is blossoming with things to see, do, and of course, taste over the course of the coming week.

Holy Rosary's Spring Interlude fundraiser, the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary's 10th Annual Meatball Dinner, a Beauty & the Beast Ball hosted by the Detroit Lakes Public Library and the Washington Square Mall's inaugural Bloomin' Art Spring Craft & Vendor Show are all on tap for local residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

Rotary Meatball Dinner

Homemade Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy are once again on the menu for the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary's 10th Annual Meatball Dinner, which will be hosted by the local service club from 4:30 to 7 p.m. this Tuesday, March 21 in the cafeteria at M State Detroit Lakes (900 Hwy. 34 East).

For a suggested donation of just $7 per adult and $4 per child, area residents can enjoy a fresh, hot meal, served up by a group of smiling Rotarians in bright blue shirts.

"Take out meals are also available," says organizer Tom Seelye, adding with a laugh, "We're not quite as fast as McDonald's, but we'll get you in and out of there pretty quick!"

Besides the freshly prepared meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, each meal will include corn, ice cream and a beverage, said Seelye. All proceeds will benefit the Becker County Food Pantry — and because March is Minnesota FoodShare Month, the Food Pantry will receive a matching incentive for all donations raised during the dinner.

"We get more bang for our buck that way," Seelye added.

The easiest way to get to the M State cafeteria, Seelye said, is to park in the lot on the far east side of the campus and go inside the doors on that side of the building.

"As Breakfast Rotarians we are privileged and honored to be able to serve the community a nice, hot meal," said Seelye, "and when you come inside, look for the people in the blue shirts with big smiles on their faces."

Beauty & the Beast Ball

The staff of the Detroit Lakes Public Library is inviting local kids and their parents to "be our guest" for the first-ever "Beauty & the Beast Ball" on Thursday, March 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Come for tea and "grey stuff" (it's delicious!), spark your creativity with crafts inspired by the "tale as old as time," and participate in a costume contest, dressed as your favorite Disney character!

"We have a bunch of crafts planned," says children's librarian Jess Nanik. "You can decorate a mirror just like Belle's, design your own princess dress, make a 'Chip' teacup or a floating rose, and decorate a sword or a crown."

The "grey stuff" is actually a concoction of whipped cream, pudding and Oreos, Nanik added, and the "tea" is actually apple juice, so it's safe for kids of all ages to enjoy.

"We also have a life-sized cutout of Belle and the Beast, along with some photo booth props, so kids can have their pictures taken with them," she said.

There is no charge to attend this family friendly event, which runs until 5 p.m.

Blooming Art Spring Craft & Vendor Show

In honor of spring's arrival, the Washington Square Mall will be hosting its first-ever Blooming Art Spring Craft & Vendor Show on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We've had events like this in the fall, and people have asked us, 'Do you do anything in the spring?' So we decided to try this," said Washington Square Mall Manager Dawn Olson.

"It's a unique blend of artists, crafters and vendors."

Wine preserves, hand-crafted wood signs, "repurposed and upcycled" art, wire-wrapped jewelry, fresh baked goods from The Baker's Wagon, and much more will be on display, and a variety of live demonstrations will take place throughout the day as well.

"At 1 p.m., we will have an herb gardening workshop with the Gardening Gals," said Olson, noting that the presenters are local women who have started up their own online gardening blog. "You'll be able to learn about planting herbs from seed and how to grow them, care for them and make them flourish.

"DL Floral will be doing demonstrations on how to make your own corsage or boutonniere, and Hometown Crafts will be offering Fairy Garden Creatives and Ideas throughout the day," she added. "As part of that, people will be able to make their own 'Fairy Garden Gazing Ball' to take home with them."

All of these activities are being offered free of charge, Olson said, so parents can bring their kids along to enjoy a fun day of shopping and crafts.

Holy Rosary Spring Interlude

Last but by no means least, the Holy Rosary Catholic School will be hosting its annual Spring Interlude on Saturday at the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom (806 Summit Ave.), starting at 5 p.m.

"It's a fundraiser that was started in 2002 to raise money for our music and art programs," says organizer Terri Paskey, who serves as the school's advancement director. "It's our 16th annual event."

The Spring Interlude has grown into a fundraiser for all of the children's programming at the school, she added. Besides dance music provided by Larry's Rock 'n Country, the evening will include a dinner catered by the SpeakEasy Restaurant, live and silent auctions, raffles and the presentation of the school's Florence Hutchinson Legacy Award.

"This year's recipient is Vicki Okeson," said Paskey, noting that Okeson was a teacher at the school for over 30 years.

Silent auction and raffle items will include "a gallon of milk every week for a year," courtesy of Central Market; "a haircut a month for a year," from Barber Jon's; "a pizza a month for a year," from Papa Murphy's; "a Blizzard a month for a year," from Dairy Queen; a $333 gift card from The Nines (3+3+3=9); an overhead garage door opener, with installment; a spring planting party at Country Fields; car detailing, Yeti coolers, school photo albums, a paddleboarding package and more.

In addition, Holy Rosary students in grades 1-8 have created customized pieces of string art that incorporate "bits of gold" woven into them, in honor of the Spring Interlude's "Golden Ticket" theme. This art will be included in the silent auction. One larger piece, "The Nativity," created by all the students, will be part of the live auction.

Other live auction items will include autographed Minnesota Vikings football jerseys from Holy Rosary alum Adam Thielen, regular season tickets for the Vikings; Minnesota Twins baseball tickets for April 16 and May 31; Pelican Lake pontoon tours, and more.

One special item to be included in the live auction is a replica guitar that was displayed during the school's past "Rock Around the Clock" fundraisers.

"The guitar was autographed by Bobby Vee, the Crickets, the Needham Twins and the Blenders," says Paskey.

The auctioneer for the event will be Kimberly Fladeboe-Anderson. Tickets for the Spring Interlude are $50 each, and may be purchased at the school or by calling 218-847-5306.

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.

(218) 844-1454