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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, July 7

Pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus sponsors a pancake/French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center.

Ham dinner

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Shell Lake, one mile north of Big Toad Lake, hosts its annual July Ham Dinner at noon. It is a free will offering. Church services begin at 11 a.m. There will also be a quilt raffle, silent auction and bake sale.

Monday, July 8

Grieving my way

Grieving my Way, a support group for parents who have experienced the loss of a child of any age, meets the second Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Hospice building. For more info, call Brenda at 846-9275.

Tuesday, July 9

Overeaters Anonymous, Serenity Group

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

Learn to fish for free

The DNR hosts MinnAqua’s Peers to Piers program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday on the Little Detroit Lake pier across from El Loro restaurant. The DNR provides all fishing equipment and bait for kids wanting to learn to fish. Kids fish for free up to age 16 with no license required. For more information, call Kyle Quittschreiber at 846-8347.

Sons of Norway

Vikingland Lodge No. 495, Detroit Lakes, meets in the DL City Park for pontoon rides at 5 p.m., followed by meal at Habitat for Humanity at 5:30, potluck dessert under nearby shelter at 6 and a short business meeting at 6:30. At 7, enjoy Tuesday in the Park music. Bring a lawn chair.

Women’s Bridge Club

The Detroit Country Club Women’s Bridge Association meets at 11:30 a.m.  Please make reservations by noon on July 8 by calling either Carol Schmallen at 847-2926 or Marilyn Hanson at 532-3116.

Wednesday, July 10

Genealogical Society

Heart O’Lakes Genealogical Society will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Becker County Museum, Detroit Lakes. The meeting is open to the public. Anyone who is interested in researching their family history is invited to attend. There will be some time to do research following the meeting. For more information, contact HOLGS president Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483.

Ribbon cutting

A ribbon cutting for the new playground in Washington Park, which was funded by a generous grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, will be held at 10 a.m. at the playground site near the DL Pavilion.

Christian Women’s Club

The DL Christian Women’s Club hosts “Freedom Heals” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. Lunch cost is $8.75. Make reservations by July 8 to Norma at 846-1977 or Ruth at 847-5507.

NARFE picnic

Detroit Lakes NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) Chapter 1842 holds their annual potluck family picnic at noon at Dunton Locks County Park in Detroit Lakes. If you need directions or have any other questions, contact Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 for additional information.

Wild Wednesday

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts Wild Wednesday at 10 a.m. Explore the world of nature with your child or grandchild during this hour long adventure. Activities designed for 3-7 year olds. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area on Cty. Hwy. 26 just 3 miles east of the visitor center. Wild Wednesdays will be offered every Wednesday through August.

Thursday, July 11

Safe Seniors: Fall Prevention

Jordan Bjorhus, PT, presents Safe Seniors: Fall Prevention Program at 2 p.m. in the DLCCC conference room. It is open to the public.

Burlington Township open house

The Burlington Township officers host an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to show off the newly-built town hall. It is at the intersection of highways 29 and 54.

North Country Trail hike

North Country Trail Resort-Midweek Hike is at 10 a.m., beginning at the Chippewa National Forest Picnic area on Hwy 371, 2.8 miles south of the Y southeast of Walker. Three hikes are scheduled: very short, 2.5 and 4.5 miles.  The medium hike will pass by a beautiful beaver dam and pond.  Indian Paint Brush is in bloom. If questions, call 218-675-5448.

BC Republicans

The Becker County Republicans meets at 7 p.m. in the Osage Bait and Tackle Café in Osage.

Wildlife Excursion

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts Wildlife Excursions at 10 a.m. Explore the refuge with a knowledgeable guide. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of Tamarac. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area on Cty. Hwy. 26 just 3 miles east of the visitor center. Excursions offered every Thursday through August.

LP Historical Society meeting

The Lake Park Area Historical Society meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake Park City Center.

Friday, July 12

Troops golf tournament

Patriot Assistance Dogs hosts Tee It Up for the Troops Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. at the Lakeview Golf Course, Detroit Lakes.  Registration is $75 per golfer and includes golf cart for two and lunch.

Saturday, July 13

Rotate the Lake

Rotate the Lake from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Kick off Water Carnival fun by rotating Detroit Lake and stopping at bars/restaurants to register for prizes. Rotate via boat, car, motorcycle, running, etc. There is a $10 entry fee, and proceeds go to local literacy programs. 

Motorcycle ride

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Detroit Lakes & Perham will host the second annual “Ride for the Future.” Registration and check-in begin at 10:30 a.m. inside the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. Kickstands will go up at 11:30 a.m. and riders will tour an approximately 100-mile scenic route that includes a lunch stop at Ice Cracking Lodge and a rest stop at the Hostel Hornet in Frazee. The cost of the ride is $20 per bike and $10 per two-up passenger. Lunch is included.  For more information and to register online, visit www.tinyurl/rff2013 or call Sue Trnka at 218-847-5700, Ext. 4.

Family nature trek

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge offers a family nature trek at 2 p.m. Join a Tamarac naturalist as we explore part of the North Country Trail. Discover the wonders of the woods from trees to flowers to the critters who call this place home. You never know what’s around the corner. Meet at the North Country Trail access on the Blackbird Wildlife Drive for this mini-hike.


The Lakes Country Woodcarvers meet at 9 a.m. in the Washington Square Mall storefront next to White Drug. Stop by to visit and see demonstrations.


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

Red Cross swimming lessons

Red Cross swimming lessons on Long Lake near Vergas are July 8-12 and 15-19, 30 minutes each day. Water safety instructor is Nancy Jacobson. Registration takes place Monday, July 8, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be lessons after registration. Cost is $35 per student. Private lessons available upon request. May call Nancy at 218-234-0400 with questions.

LP swimming lessons

Swimming lessons at the Lake Park swimming pool begin July 8 for session 2, July 9 for session 4 and July 29 for session 3. Call the city office for more information at 238-5532.

PEO Summer Brunch

The annual summer brunch for area P.E.O. members is July 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Holiday Inn, DL. Fargo PEO Chapters AH and BB are hosting the event. Cost is $12. For more info or to register, call Mary Nelson at 701-232-5232 by July 7.

Shoreham Chapel

Historic Shoreham Chapel, non-denominational, between Lake Melissa and Lake Sallie, holds services now-Sept. 1 at 10:45 a.m. It is open to the public. Coffee and refreshments follow the service. Dan Danielson, director of New Life Center in Fargo, and Rev. Tim Cook, Chaplain of St. Mary’s Hospital in DL, will be officiating at different times. Kathie Brekke and the apostles Blues Band will perform at the opening service.

Jaspers Theater

Jaspers Theater, Park Rapids, opens July 10. Come for the family-friendly music, magic and comedy shows each Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m., July 10-Aug. 17, and Saturdays July 20, 27, Aug. 17 and 24. Make reservations at 218-237-4333.

Tuesdays in the Park

Habitat for Humanity will serve hamburgers, hot dogs and brats along with sides, each Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the DL City Park before the Tuesdays in the Park band concerts in the Bandshell. It is a freewill offering. Concerts then start at 7. Bring a lawn chair. Schedule includes July 9: Shari Breznay, July 16: Doc & the Scrubs, July 23: Dennis Craswell, July 30: Rhonda Habedank, Aug. 6: Ulen Centennial Band, Aug. 13: Doc & the Scrubs, Aug. 20: Lewy Ronken Musical Revue, Aug. 27: Lakes Area Community Concert Band.

Plant and Pest Clinics

The Becker County Master Gardeners host Plant & Pest Clinics on July 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Becker County Extension Office, 1120 8th St. SE, Detroit Lakes. Call 846-7328 ext. 7105 for more information.