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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 21

Tamarac History Tour

Tamarac Refuge hosts a history tour, celebrating 75 years, at 2 p.m. Join them for this car caravan tour and embark on a journey through the story of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Discover the people and places that played a key role in refuge development from the 1930s and the Civilian Conservation Corps forward. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area.

Color Guard breakfast

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

Bearclaw Muzzleloaders

The Bearclaw Muzzleloaders of Northern Minnesota annual Rendezvous is 9 a.m. to noon at the Height of Land Sportsmans Club, east of Detroit Lakes on Highway 34. Follow the signs. There will be a re-enactment of pre-1840 and competitions held throughout the day. The public is welcome.

Bazaar, bake sale

St. Mary of the Lakes bazaar and bake sale is from 7 a.m. to noon. There will be games, a bake sale, quilt raffle, card shop, silent auction and more.

Tuesday, July 23

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.

Women’s Bridge

The Detroit Country Club Women’s Bridge Association meets at 11:30 a.m. Make reservations by noon on Monday by calling either Barb Erickson at 847-8090 or LaVonne Williams at 439-3703.

Thursday, July 25

Hidden Talent Show

The Wayne Nelson Memorial Hidden Talent Show is at 7 p.m. at the Cormorant Community Center. Come for entertainment, fun and laughs. Ice cream will be served following the program.  Tickets are $5.

Lakes Area Quilters

The Lakes Area Quilters holds their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Aspen Room.  All interested quilters are welcome to attend.

Friday, July 26

Washington School breakfast

The annual Washington School Breakfast begins at 9 a.m. in Union Central (aka Washington School). All former employees of Washington School are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, July 27

LP Firemen’s dance

The Lake Park Firemen’s Street Dance is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Lake Park fire bay. Music is by Boomtown. 


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

DLHS Class of 1973

The Detroit Lakes High School Class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion on Saturday July 27, in the American Legion Club. Social is at 5 p.m., followed by a picture at 6:45, dinner at 7 and a dance after dinner. Details can be found online at, email; or by calling Jane Spaeth at 849-6372 or Scott Abrahamson at 503-780-5595.

LP-A defensive driving

Lake Park Audubon Community Ed. is hosting an AARP 55 Defensive Driving 4-hour refresher course on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Lake Park Audubon Elementary Library. Fee for non-AARP members is $18; AARP members are $16. Call 218-238-5914 ext. 2091 to reserve your spot. 

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 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 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.

Lakes Area Farmers Market

The Lakes Area Farmers Market is Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Peoples Park.

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.

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.