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Wednesday, May 17

Second Annual Becker County Energize Community Health & Summit: Keynote speaker Tom Thibodeau, PhD, will discuss "The Power of Servant Leadership" at this second annual event, which takes place from from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at M-State Detroit Lakes Campus (900 Hwy 34 E). The first half of the summit will focus on local people sharing the amazing work they have been doing this last year. The second half will focus on hearing community members identify what they want to see happen through this initiative and making a plan to develop that vision. Everyone is invited to attend.

Thursday, May 18

Free Cognitive Screening: Visit with a professional at Ecumen Detroit Lakes Therapy Center for a screening that includes a private individual visit with a therapist. The professional therapists will work with you to assess speech, language, voice and cognitive swallowing in honor of "Better Speech and Hearing Month." Snack and beverages will be served.

Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) Meeting: This regular meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn with a gathering starting at 5:30 p.m. and business meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 19

Country Twirlers Dance: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at IOOF Hall (118 W Holmes St)

St. John's Lutheran Rummage Sale: Head to Vergas, MN (410 Scharf Avenue) this weekend and enjoy homemade donuts while you shop. On Friday, the sale will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and, on Saturday, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday, May 20

Keaton and Kai Roppe Benefit: Support the Roppe family on May 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Legion in Lake Park, MN. There will be a dinner, silent auction, bake sale and giveaways for kids and adults. Proceeds will go toward uncovered medical expenses, travel and unpaid leave from work due to the birth of Keaton and Kai, who were born at 27 weeks to Natalie (Wibe) and Nick Roppe.

Plant Sale: The Lake Region Garden Club will host a plant sale starting at 8 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park.

St. John's Lutheran Rummage Sale: Head to Vergas, MN (410 Scharf Avenue) this weekend and enjoy homemade donuts while you shop. On Friday, the sale will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and, on Saturday, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday, May 21

Fundraiser Breakfast: Join the Lake Region Veterans Color Guard from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Legion Club for a breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes or French toast and sausage or bacon. The breakfast, held in memory of Steve Bruhn, is $6.50 per person.

Tamarac Movie: Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from a diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk as seen in the movie, "Animal Homes: The Nest." Take a journey around the world and watch birds arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build, crafting homes for the all-important task of protecting their eggs and raising their young. The movie will run approximately 50 minutes.

Tuesday, May 23

Dr. Stephen and Peggy Foster Speaking Engagement: Dr. Stephen Foster, missionary to Angola for 40+ years, will be speaking at Lakes Area Vineyard Church at 7 p.m. Dr. Foster and his wife, Peggy, divide their time between CEML in Lubango, Angola and the mission hospital at Kalukembe in the interior. They will be joined by the De Souza family, who will be speaking about their upcoming plans to embark on mission work.

Friday, May 26

"Looseends": Cormorant Township presents "Looseends," with alpaca farm owners Andy and Debbie Torgerson from Detroit Lakes. The event is free and begins at 9 a.m. in the Cormorant Community Center.


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Month of May: Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the month of May 2017 as Poppy Month in honor of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, who have adopted the poppy as their commemorative symbol.

Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Ed Summer Hours: Open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. this summer. Call 844-5760 for more information.

Women's Tuesday Lakeview Golf League: This 9-hole golf league meets every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at the Lakeview Golf Course from May through August. For more information, e-mail

Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery at The Refuge, for hurts, habits and hang-ups is Mondays begins with supper at 5:45 p.m., with large group and small group at 6:45. Call 701-367-3313 or 218-847-1982 for more information.

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.

Senior Social: A Senior Social is held the first and third Thursday of the month at the Neighbor to Neighbor office in Frazee. The address is 501 W. Juniper Suite B. (the "blue building" on old Hwy. 10). Call 218-334-3559 for more information

Community Alliance Church programs: Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes, hosts Quilting for Missions Mondays at 9:30 a.m.; The first Tuesday of every month is High Mileage (suggested ages 55 and up), which meets for "pot-blessing" meal at noon, followed by special music and a Bible nugget.

Lakes Area Indivisible Group Meeting: A progressive group focussed on non-violent actions against regressive political agendas, Lakes Area Indivisible will meet at the Detroit Lakes Public Library Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For questions, email

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.

Bone Builders: An exercise class for seniors called "Bone Builders" is being held at 405 W. Maple Ave., Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and also at the Vergas Event Center, Thursdays at 9:30.a.m. The group focuses on low-impact and balance exercises.

Dunvilla Lions Club: The Dunvilla Lions Club will meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at the Dunn Township Hall.

Free hot meal: Stop into the Refuge every Thursday and Friday evening for a hot meal served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. The Refuge is located at 921 8th Street SE in Detroit Lakes.

Be a foster grandparent: For those 55 and older interested in being a foster grandparent through the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council program, call 1-800-584-7020 or visit

Adoption grants available: Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church LCMC has grant funds available for families wishing to adopt children. For more information, call 847-1831 or 844-7919.

Cancer support group: Essentia Health St. Mary's Cancer Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. Please meet at the fireplace in the Clinic Lobby. The cancer support group is open to anyone who is affected by cancer — patients, survivors, family, friends or caregivers. For additional information, contact Jennifer Frank at 218-847-0880.

The Caring Cup: Every second and last Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., community members who are dealing with the loss of a loved one meet at the David-Donehower Funeral Home for friendship, support and encouragement. The free program is open to the public, no registration necessary.

Women's Domestic Violence Education Support Group: Lakes Crisis & Resource Center hosts a Women's Domestic Violence Education Support Group every Wednesday from 5:30—6:30 p.m. in the crisis center. Call to pre-register at 218-847-8572 or 218-847-7446. Childcare is available upon request.

Rummikub, more games: Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., come to Holy Rosary fireplace room for coffee, desserts and a game of cards, board games or Rummikub. Everyone is welcome.

Parkinson's Support Group: Emmanuel Nursing Home's Forest Conference Center, 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Celebrate Recovery: Every Monday evening the Refuge in Detroit Lakes hosts a supper at 5:45 p.m. and meeting at 6:45 p.m. Call Cleo at 701-367-3313 for more information.

BC Senior Meals: Meals for persons 60 and older are served several times each week at nutrition sites in Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Osage and Wolf Lake or can be delivered directly to homes in these communities, Frazee and Callaway, via the Meals on Wheels program. One-day advance notice of attendance is required at many sites. For more information, call Lake Park at 238-5336, Detroit Lakes at 847-5823, Osage/Wolf Lake at 573-3663, Frazee at 847-5823, Ogema at 877-498-2865, and Callaway (Meals on Wheels only) at 847-5823.

Library Storytime: Children ages 3 through kindergarten are invited to the Detroit Lakes Library on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for exciting stories and activities that are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. For more information, call 847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at

Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes. Are you caring for a friend or family member age 60 or older? Join other caregivers for education, sharing, problem-solving and refreshments. Facilitated by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. All are welcome. Contact Jaime at (218) 850-8616 with questions.

Lakes Area Quilt Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild meets every 4th Thursday at 7 pm at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes, Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Forest Conference Center. Check us out on Facebook! All levels of quilters, new and experienced are welcome to attend.

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

Preschool screening: Preschool screening for 3-5 year olds for the Frazee-Vergas district is provided through Becker County Community Health Services. Call Annie at 218-847-5628 ext. 5419 to make an appointment. This one screening will provide your child the requirements for Early Childhood Screening. Minnesota law requires each child attend a health and developmental screening before kindergarten.

Neighbor to Neighbor Exercise Class: Neighbor to Neighbor Exercise Class will be meeting at the Harvest Fellowship Church in Frazee at 10:30 am and at the Vergas Event Center at 9:30 am every Thursday of the month.

Senior Center Activities: The DL Senior Citizens Center has activities all month long. Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. is Pinochle; at 1 p.m. there will be 500 and other games. Whist is played on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. The third Wednesday of each month will be a celebration of birthdays for the month. The second Monday of each month there will be a Site Council meeting at 11 a.m. For more information, call 847-5823.

Bingo for DL Hockey: The DL Youth Hockey organization holds Bingo every Sunday at Zorbaz in support of youth hockey in Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; Bingo starts at 6 p.m.

TOPS meetings: 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. Minnesota TOPS Chapter 30 meets Mondays in Trinity Lutheran Church choir room in Detroit Lakes. Weigh in is at 4:15 p.m., followed by meeting at 4:30.

TOPS 1251 of Lake Park meets every Tuesday at the Lake Park Lutheran Church. Come and join us as we help each other reach our weight goals as we improve our health. New members always welcome. For more information call 218-532-2883, or 218- 532-5882.

Free English instruction for adults: Free ESL instruction for adults is offered at Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Ed. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or stop by M State to register.

Eagles Pinochle: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there will be pinochle at the Eagles Club located at 112 West Holmes Street in Detroit Lakes. Members, guests and friends welcome. For questions call Gordy Martinson at 218-841-2940.

Men's lunch, bridge club: Men's lunch and bridge club meets every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. Call (701) 388-4329 if you are interested in playing.

Overeaters Anonymous: All Red River Valley compulsive eaters are welcome to a 12-step program on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, DL. This is the Serenity Group DL of Overeaters Anonymous. Contact Dorene at 846-0019 for more information.

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.

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.

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.