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Happenings from Mar. 26-31


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Thursday, March 26

Alzheimer's Support Group

St. Mary's Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Group meets on the last Thursday of each month from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Winchester on Washington, Second Floor. Lunch will be served. For information about memory loss or to RSVP, please contact Karin Fritz-Staley, LSW at (218) 844-8376.

Read with a dog

R.E.A.D (Reading Assistance Education Dogs) to a certified therapy dog from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Detroit Lakes Library. This event takes place the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Read with the dog 10 times for a free book. Pre-registration is not required but you may call ahead (847-2168) to reserve a 10 minute session with the therapy dog.

BC Republican convention

The Becker County Republicans annual convention is at 6:30 p.m. in the new Jury Assembly Room, 3rd floor at the Becker County Court House. For more information, contact Tracy at 218-820-1299. Anyone interested is welcome.

Genealogy class

Want to research your family history? Aren't sure where to start? Come to Beginning Genealogy from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in DL Library. Explore ways to find information beyond births, deaths and marriages. Discover genealogical databases found on the Library's Web site as well as other online sources of information using a laptop computer. The class is free, but space is limited. Call 847-2168 to pre-register.

ULTRA Snowmobile Club

ULTRA Snowmobile Club holds its last general membership meeting of the season at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Club. Voting for officers and board members will take place during this meeting.

Township officers

The Becker County Association of Township Officers meets at 7:15 p.m. in the Minnesota State Community and Technical College, room C101.

Friday, March 27

Dewey benefit supper

A pancake supper with separate bake sale to benefit Mahnomen Deputy Christopher Dewey is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Mahnomen High School cafeteria.

Storytelling event

The sixth annual Sharing the Tradition of Storytelling event is at 7 in the Frazee Event Center. Participants include storytellers Patricia Nunn, Michael Cotter, JoAnne Lower and John Peterson. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Scrapbooking class

Come in to Detroit Lakes Library from 10 a.m. to noon to get a taste of what the Internet has to offer scrapbooking enthusiasts. Basic computer and mouse skills are needed. Class size is limited, so call the library to pre-register at 847-2168.

Greenig open house

A retirement open house for Mark Greenig is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lincoln Education Center.

Music Teachers meeting

The Lakes Area Independent Music Teachers Association meets at 11:30 a.m. in the home of Anne Jorgenson. All area independent music teachers are invited to attend. For information, or directions, call 842-1240.

Saturday, March 28

Laurentian Lakes Chapter

The public is invited to the first quarter Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association meeting at the DL Library. Come and learn about edible woodland plants from Dr. David Wilsey, Ph.D. University of Minnesota Assistant Extension Professor at 1 p.m. Chapter meeting will follow at approximately 2 p.m. For more information, contact Ray Vlasak at 218-573-3243 or Matt Davis at 701-388-1883.

Defeat Diabetes Day

The Anishinaabe Center hosts Defeat Diabetes Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Callaway Community Center. For more info, call 218-375-2550 or 218-849-4985.

Guitars for Veterans

The DL VFW hosts Guitars for Veterans from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. It is a good-will donation with proceeds being distributed to the club's charities. Everyone is welcome.

Red River Singles

A Red River Singles dance and social is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Cashwise on 13th, Fargo. For more information visit

Sunday, March 29

Family fun Sunday

Spend Sunday as a family at the DLCCC. Check out the giant slide and climbing wall in the gym or swim in the pool with The Rock from 1-4 p.m. There is a special rate of $3 for students and $5 for adults for non-members. Call the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center at 218-844-4221 for more information.

Square dance for heart

The Northern Minnesota Square Dancers host a benefit dance for the American Heart Association from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Waubun Community Center. There will be a silent auction during the dance. Any questions call 218-532-7891.

Monday, March 30

Defensive Driving class

Frazee-Vergas Community Education offers the Defensive Driving 4-hour refresher from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $24; Instructor Andy Schmidt. Call 334-2525 to register.

Lakes Area Birding Club

The Lakes Area Birding Club meets at 5 p.m. in the DL Library. It is a potluck dinner; bring a dish to share and your own table setting. The program is Greg Hoch from Hamden Slough NWR Study. Everyone is invited to attend.

DL kindergarten registration

Detroit Lakes kindergarten registration for the 200-910 year is at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. n the Rossman and Roosevelt elementary schools. Each session is one hour and parents can attend either session. For more info, call 847-9271.

José Cole Circus

The Knights of Columbus presents the José Cole Circus at 7 p.m. in the Kent Freeman Arena, DL. Ticket prices are $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 12-3 and under 2 are free with paid adult and are available at Central Market, North Shore Travel Plaza and Orton's Tesaro in Audubon and also at the door.

State Forest History Center open house

Anyone interested in educational programs at the Minnesota Historical Society's Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, is invited to a free open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Naturalists and historical interpreters will be on hand to answer questions about forest adventures programs and lodging camp tours. For more info, contact Ed Nelson at 218-327-4482 or e-mail

Shedding Pounds for Shelter

The Humane Society of the Lakes fund-raiser, Shedding Pounds for the Shelter, begins today. The 8-week weight loss fitness challenge includes prizes. Entry fee is $75 for members of Anytime Fitness and $100 for non-members. All proceeds go to the humane society. For more info or to register, call 844-5656 or 847-2631.

Catholic Daughters

The Catholic Daughters of Holy Rosary meet at 7 p.m. in Holy Rosary.

Tuesday, March 31

IAAP meeting

The Detroit Lakes Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals Chapter hosts a free IMPACT social at 5:30 p.m. in room F102 at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The event is designed to educate new potential members on the benefits of joining this local professional organization. For more info, contact Peggy Dunham at 218-847-0851.


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

Lenten services

Lenten services are Wednesdays, March 25 and April 1 in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Detroit Lakes. Everyone is invited to come. At 5:45 p.m. is a soup and sandwich supper, followed by Lenten studies about Baptism at 6:30 and Taize worship is at 7:10 p.m.

LP-A Early Childhood screening

The Lake Park Audubon District will hold Early Childhood Screening April 6-8 by appointment in the LPA Elementary. Children who were 3 by Sept. 1, 2008, are eligible for screening. A packet will be sent out to those on our list. If your child is eligible for screening and you do not receive a letter by April 1, call 439-3889 for information. Minnesota law requires all Minnesota children must complete Early Childhood Screening prior to kindergarten entrance.

Community Alliance


Community Alliance Church Preschool is now taking applications for the 2009-10 school year for children between the ages of 3 and 5. If you are interested, stop by or call 847-2266 for more information.

Food program workshop

Stacey Wixo, area coordinator for Providers Choice, presents a workshop April 2 on Cent$ible Meals. It is free and open to the public, however seating is limited so pre-register. The workshop is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, DL.

Modular Train Show

The Washington Square Mall hosts the Upper Midwest Modular Train Show April 18-19.

Flea market/craft fair

The Waubun American Legion Auxiliary Unit 436 hosts a flea market and craft fair on Saturday, April 4, in the Waubun Community Center. Call 734-2203 for table reservations.

Free tax help

AARP tax aide volunteers offer free tax help Feb. 2-April 15 at Mahube Community Council and the Detroit Lakes Library. Call 847-1385 for an appointment.

Medicare beneficiaries

To receive free personalized and unbiased health insurance counseling, contact Judy Peterson, Becker County Senior Coordinator and SHIP Counselor (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) at 218-844-7140 or 1-800-939-3046 or Mahube RSVP counselors at 218-847-1385 or 1-888-458-1385. Please call to make an appointment.