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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

Sunday, Dec. 15

Candles & Carols

Trinity Lutheran Church hosts Candles & Carols “Love Came Down at Christmas” at 4:30 p.m. Under the warmth of candlelight (you get your own candle) join the Bell Choir and Choirs in singing the old, familiar carols and hear the poetry and stories of Christmas. It is free for everyone.

Christmas turkey dinner

Trinity Lutheran Church hosts a Christmas turkey dinner at 5:45 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $10 for adults, $8 for children 6-12 years old, and free for children 5 and under. For tickets and more information, call Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes at 847-7211.

Craft, bake sale

St. John’s Lutheran Church of Height of Land hosts a craft and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Color Guard fundraiser

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

Monday, Dec. 16

Holiday Train

The Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train will stop at the Holmes Street railroad crossing near Holmes Community Center at about 3:30 p.m. Please bring a donation for the Becker County Food Pantry.

PEO Chapter DQ

Chapter DQ, P.E.O. meets at 1 p.m. in the Congregational Church, DL. The hostess is Nancy Christiansen and assistant hostesses are Gail Grabow, Fran Johnson and Sue Portilla. The program will be presented by Mary Schutz and Nancy Christiansen.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Lions Club

The Detroit Lakes Lions Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. For more information, contact Gerald Johnson at 847-3923.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Advent mini concerts

First Lutheran Church, DL, host a mini concert featuring musical selections from vocalist Kim Schnitzer and accompanist Vicki Marhtaler. Musical performances are from noon to 12:30 p.m., followed by a soup and sandwich lunch. The public is invited to this free event.

Advent service

Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, invites you to join them for Advent Services on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Larry’s Plus square dance

Larry’s Plus square dance is from 7-9 p.m. in the IOOF Hall, 118 W Holmes St, Detroit Lakes. Larry Johansen is the caller.

Thursday, Dec. 19

ULTRA Club meeting

The Detroit Lakes ULTRA Snowmobile Club meets at 7 p.m. in The Sandbar, Detroit Lakes.  The club encourages all area snowmobilers to attend and get involved to help support our local trail system. Chili will be served. 

Alpha Theta Chapter

The December Alpha Theta Chapter meeting is attending the DLHS Madrigal Dinner as we celebrate our 45th Alpha Theta Chapter Anniversary Celebration Event. Members, please contact our Program Chairman Kay Fulp by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 18, if you have not signed up for the Madrigal Event. Tickets for the Madrigal Dinner can be purchased at Central Market for $30. Please meet before 6:15 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Senior High Multi-Purpose Room.


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

Lakes Figure Skating

Lakes Figure Skating Club is starting its second half of the year skating lessons. They are held at the Kent Freeman arena in Detroit Lakes. An ice show will be held the last Sunday in February for all the skaters. If you have a child/children interested in ice skating and wants to take some lessons, please stop by the arena on Sunday night to register or go online to You may also call 218-234-2706 for any questions.

Catholic Church bake sale

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Frazee, hosts a Christmas bake sale after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Dec. 14, and on Sunday, Dec. 15, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Everyone is welcome. Come and get your Christmas goodies.

DL area adaptive hockey

The Detroit Lakes Area Adaptive Hockey is a new team that spends time on the ice working towards being a part of Minnesota Special Hockey, and is open to any age and ability. Practice is Sundays at 7 p.m. in the Kent Freeman Arena.  Registration is required prior to participation. Please call 507-830-1452 for more information.

Senior drive safety class

An eight-hour defensive driving class is Dec. 9 and 10 from 5-9 p.m. in the Perham Senior Center, 300 W. Main, Perham. Cost is $20. A four-hour refresher course is Dec. 10 from 5-9 p.m. Cost is $13. To register, call Denise Lillis at 346-3336.

EMS classes

St. Mary’s EMS is hosting two classes. An EMT class is Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 26-April 10, from 6-10 p.m. in the St. Mary’s EMS building. Cost is $675. A First Responder class is Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 3-March 31, from 6-10 p.m. in the EMS building. Cost is $25. For questions or to sign up for either class, contact Brent Kaiser at 847-0817.

Holiday Vendor Blender

Lake Park Audubon Community Education is hosting a Holiday Vendor Blender and Craft Bazaar on Nov. 23 in the Lake Park High School gym and theater. An 8 x 8 space is $12 if you bring your own table. It will be $5 extra per table to use ours. Contact the Community Ed. department at 218-238-5914 ext. 2091 or email at for more information or to register.

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 30

Minnesota TOPS Chapter 30 meets Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church choir room.

TOPS chapter 1251

Minnesota TOPS Chapter 1251 meets every Tuesday in the Lake Park Lutheran Church, using the west church entrance to the basement. Weigh-ins start at 4 p.m., and the meeting at 4:15 p.m. New members are always welcome.  If you would like more information, contact 218-532-2883.

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.

Birthing class

Essentia Health St. Mary’s hosts childbirth preparation classes for expectant mothers in their sixth to seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include Labor & Delivery, Cesarean Birth, Role of the Labor Companion, Newborn Care, Unexpected Outcomes, Breast & Bottle Feeding, Postpartum Period, Breathing Patterns & Relaxation Techniques. Suggested donation is $30 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (218) 847-0804.