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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

Thursday, Sept. 26

Parkinson’s speaker

In an effort to raise public awareness and improve services for those with Parkinson’s disease, National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota sponsors a free seminar with speakers from the nationally recognized Struthers Parkinson’s Center, a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, DL. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Free 4.8 CEU will be provided. Call 1-888-993-5495 (then choose option 2) to register.

Friday, Sept. 27

Square dance

The Friendly Squares hosts a square dance at the Park Rapids High School. The caller will be Mark Helfter, and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. There will be “plus” dancing from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream from 8 to10. The club members will furnish potluck lunch after the dance. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Imagination Library fundraiser

The first hoedown to benefit the Imagination Library is from 5:30 to 11 p.m. in the Shorewood Pub. There will be a DJ, karaoke, silent and live auctions. Tickets are $35 and include dinner. They can be purchased at Price’s Fine Jewelry, Central Market, or by calling Amy at 841-2944.

Republicans fundraiser

The Becker County Republicans host the annual 2013 Fall Fundraiser in the Holiday Inn, Detroit Lakes. Social hour is from 5 to 6 p.m. and buffet begins at 6. There will be candidates, prizes and auctions. Get your tickets by calling John at 847-4638.

Independent Music Teachers

The Lakes Area Independent Music Teachers Association meets 11:30 a.m. in the home of Ann Jorgenson, 14490 East Fox Lake. All area independent music teachers are invited to attend. For information, or directions to the meeting, please call 847-1240.

Toast to Tamarac

The Friends of Tamarac invite you to their third annual Toast to Tamarac from 4 to 8 p.m. at Richwood Winery. The fundraiser will include wine tasting, appetizers, silent auction, games of chance and live music. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  For more information, contact the Friends of Tamarac at 218-847-2641 ext. 21.

Saturday, Sept. 28

Fire & Ice

Essentia Health St. Mary’s Foundation hosts the Fire & Ice Experience fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. at The Fireside. There will be three culinary stations, hors d-oeuvres and a variety of wines and beers. The silent auction includes many items including a cruise on Pickerel Lake, WE Fest tickets, Vikings tickets, getaways and more. Tickets are $60 a person and available by calling Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes at 844-0719 or visiting the gift shop.

Cormorant Lutheran Men’s Group

The Cormorant Lutheran Church Men’s Group hosts a free will offering breakfast at 9 a.m. honoring military veterans. The guest speaker will be Chaplain Gary Garvey on ‘My Life in War Zones.’ Everyone, men and women, are invited.

Hog roast

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Snellman, hosts a hog roast from 4 to 7:30 p.m. It is a free will offering.

Sunday, Sept. 29

Church fall supper

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Callaway, hosts its annual fall supper from 4 to 7 p.m. It is a freewill offering.

Blessing of the Animals

A service of “Blessing of the Animals” is at 4 p.m. in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, DL. All creatures great and small are invited to bring their humans to the service.  The offering will be given to the Becker County Humane Society. Please bring pets on leashes or in a carrier. Refreshments will be served for all guests and their people following the service. For more information, call the church office at 847-5858.

Serving Those who Served

Patriot Assistance Dogs presents Serving Those who Serve from 4 to 6 p.m. in the DL Veterans Memorial Park. The event includes recognition of each veteran, the honor and sacrifices made by these veterans, presentation of awards, music and a keynote speech from Bradley Livingston. There will be brats, hot dogs, chips and more.

Fall color safari

Tamarac Refuge hosts a Fall Color Nature Photo Safari from 3 to 4 p.m. Experience autumn on the refuge through the lens of a camera. With the fall colors nearing their peak, we will travel by car caravan to some very scenic and perhaps less known areas on the refuge. Discover how Tamarac’s wildlife and plants prepare for winter. Meet at the Chippewa Picnic Area located 3 miles past the visitor center on County Hwy 26.

Monday, Sept. 30

Birding club

The Lakes Area Birding Club meets at 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District office on Tower Road (note change of location...this meeting is NOT at the library). Stacy Salvevold, Wetlands assistant manager, will be presenting the program on birds, mammals and native plants found on the Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge. The public is welcome.  


Church rummage, bake sale

Zion Lutheran Church, DL, hosts a rummage and bake sale Sept. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Barbecues, coffee and bars will be for sale as well.

Coat give-away

Trinity Lutheran Church, DL, hosts a coat give-away (winter coats, hats, shoes, mittens, sweatshirts and other clothing). Items are on a first come, first serve basis, and sizes child to adult are available. The give-away is Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oct. 14-16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.