Thursday, August 15
Aqua Chautauqua: The University of Minnesota Extension, Becker County Museum and a handful of other local organizations and businesses are joining forces to host this three-hour, water-themed educational entertainment program focused on the Otter Tail River Watershed. The festivities start at 5 p.m. in Dunton Locks County Park, 14821 County Highway 19, Detroit Lakes. There will be shuttle service and concessions available; contact the Becker County Museum at 218-847-2938 for more information.
Live Well Die Well Tour and Memorial Service: Kimberly C. Paul, author and speaker, will share life lessons she learned while working with hospice patients, and intimate stories that radically changes how she lives at a 6:30 p.m. event in the Forest Conference Center at Ecumen Detroit Lakes. The event will begin with a community memorial service and butterfly release. Paul's presentation is designed to empower attendees to reclaim death as a human experience and not a medical event. Following her talk, Kimberly will sign copies of her book, "Bridging the Gap." Free and open to the public.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Jazz and swing concert by the popular California-based band set for 8 p.m. at the Historic Holmes Theatre, 826 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Tickets are $30 for adults $15 for students. Visit www.dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html for more info.
Friday, August 16
Young Life Family Fun Fest: A fun, FREE event for the whole family! There will be a Kids Run, inflatables, games, and face painting at the Detroit Lakes City Park and Pavilion from 5 to 8 p.m. And for those wanting more of a challenge... a 5K Fun Run. Visit www.younglifetriathlon.com for details.
Detroit Lakes Craft Beer Tour: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is the place to be for craft beer lovers this year. Hosted by Seven Sisters Wines & Spirits and produced by Leighton Events, Inc., the inaugural Detroit Lakes Craft Beer Tour will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at DMRA. The event will feature unlimited beer and cider sampling from local and regional craft breweries along with food vendors, live music and more. Tickets are on sale now at www.craftbeertours.com and Seven Sisters Wines & Spirits for $30 each — or you can purchase a $40 VIP package that includes an extra VIP hour before the main event where you can sample exclusive specialty brews from area brewers, and collect a swag bag stuffed with fun promotional items.
Saturday, August 17
Young Life Triathlon: A sprint and Olympic course triathlon hosted by Lakes Area Young Life takes place on Saturday morning, beginning and ending at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. All proceeds from this event support our local Young Life ministry. Visit www.younglifetriathlon.com for details.
Sunday, August 18
Color Guard Breakfast: The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Suggested donation is $7 for a meal including scrambled eggs; pancakes or French toast; and sausage or bacon, plus beverage.
Bakke Lutheran Barbecue: Come to Bakke Lutheran Church, located six miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road/County Highway 21, for a barbecue lunch including grilled pork loin and all the fixing, starting at 11 a..m. Food, fun, games and prizes are on the menu. Free will offering in lieu of admission. Bring your own lawn chairs, please. For more information call 218-847-7073.
Atlanta Church Reunion: "Come Home to Atlanta" for the church's annual reunion worship service starting at 12 noon. Pastor Jill Steichen will lead the worship. After the worship, a catered lunch will be served by Anna Brown Catering. A freewill offering will be received for the meal. Atlanta Lutheran Church closed in 2001 but hosts a yearly reunion service the third Sunday of August. Everyone is welcome. The church is located 6 miles east and 1.5 miles south of Ulen.
Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, “Beavers, the Biggest Dam Movie You Ever Saw,” will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Take an intimate swim with beavers and experience the rich aquatic habitat of one of nature’s greatest engineers in this 38-minute film. Tamarac’s most popular wildlife movie will be screened at the Tamarac Visitor Center, 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, call 218-847-2641.
Tuesday, August 20
Old-Time Variety Dance: LeRoy & Jerry will provide the music for this month's Old-Time Variety Dance, set to take place from 1-4 p.m. at the White Pine Room in Frazee. A potluck supper will follow the dance. Admission is $5 per person.
Lakes Area Back to School Drive: The United Way of Becker County will host the Lakes Area Back to School Drive, which takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Historic Holmes Theatre, 826 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. For more information contact LuAnn Porter, 218-847-0727.
Saturday, August 24
Frazee-Vergas Class of 1971 Reunion: The Frazee-Vergas High School graduating class of 1971 will be gathering at the home of John and Lola Bachmann, 51862 County Highway 51, Frazee, for its 28-year reunion, starting at 2 p.m. A potluck supper will be held.
Sunday, August 25
Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, “Kingdoms of the Sky-Andes,” will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. The longest mountain range on the planet holds dozens of hidden worlds, from the driest desert on Earth to cloud forest teaming with life. Pumas hunt guanaco, shape-shifting frogs hide in remote forests, and the descendants of Inca build bridges of grass. Run time is approximately 55 minutes. The Visitor Center is 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, call 218-847-2641.
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Ole's Ride for Hospice:The 10th annual Ole’s Ride is Saturday, Aug. 24. The event is in memory of Richard “Ole” Barten, who lost his battle to cancer in February 2011. Hospice of the Red River Valley cared for Ole during his last months, and the family wanted to use the event as a way to give back to an organization that cares for so many families in the area. All proceeds from the event benefit Hospice of the Red River Valley. Pre-registration and a bike show will be held on Friday, Aug. 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Billy’s Corner Bar in Vergas. Registration continues on Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. with the ride through Minnesota lakes country leaving at noon. The cost is $25 per bike, $15 for an additional rider, and includes a T-shirt, meal and chances at door prizes at each stop. A meal, silent auction and live music by the Fat Cats follow the ride. To register for the ride, contact Jessica Sonnenberg at 218-849-8995 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wolf Lake Harvest Festival: The 36th annual Wolf Lake Harvest Festival is set to take place this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-17. The Miss, Little Miss and Junior Miss Wolf Lake pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Wolf Lake Lions Hall. A meat raffle, street dance, 5K run/walk, mud run, parade, live music and more are part of the two-day event. For more information, visit www.wlharvestfest.com.
Wild Wednesdays: Explore the world of nature with your child during this hour long adventure geared for 3-7 year olds. Meets at Tamarac’s Discovery Center every Wednesday this summer, June through August, starting at 10 a.m. For more information contact Refuge staff at 218-847-2641.
Nondenominational Sunday Services: Worship services at the nondenominational Shoreham Chapel are held each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. through the end of the summer, with Rev. Tim Cook officiating. Visit www.shorehamchapel.com for more information.
Fair Hills Family Fun Night: Join the staff at Fair Hills Resort in rural Detroit Lakes every Tuesday night this summer for some old-fashioned family fun. Kick off the evening with a cruise around Pelican Lake on the 55-foot Big Pelican Pontoon at 5 p.m. Then enjoy a Smorgasbord dinner in the dining room from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and follow that up with the Hills’ much-celebrated Hootenanny, beginning at 7:45 p.m. in the Pavilion. Come for one or all of these events! Fun for all ages! Fair Hills is located at 24270 Co. Hwy. 20, Detroit Lakes. Call 218-847-7638 for more information.
Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market is now open for the season at Detroit Lakes’ Peoples Park (behind Zorbaz). Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday. For more information visit www.lakesareafarmersmarket.com or call 661-345-7450.
Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics: The Becker County Master Gardeners will once again be hosting their Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics throughout the summer at the local University of Minnesota Extension office, 1120 Eighth St. SE, Detroit Lakes. Clinics will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30 as well as Sept. 3, 9, 16, 23 and 30. For more information, contact the Extension office at 218-846-7328, ext. 7105.
Tuesdays in the Park: Every Tuesday night through the end of August, Habitat for Humanity will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, beans, potato salad and beverages in the Detroit Lakes City Park from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Following the meal, live music begins at 7 p.m. under the bandshell and lasts for approximately an hour, though some performers do continue to play a little later into the evening. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, as bench seating is limited. In case of inclement weather, both the picnic and the concert will be moved inside the Pavilion.
Memory Cafe of the Lakes: Memory Cafe of the Lakes is a free place to gather, open to those with mild to moderate memory problems and their care partner. It is a place to come together to share social experiences in a supportive environment. You will have a chance to develop new friendships over coffee, treats, music, art, fellowship and guest speakers. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Detroit Lakes' Community Alliance Church. For more information call Kathy Kallis, 218-849-0631; Jenna Miller, 218-844-8376; Sue Sorensen, 218-841-0371; or Brenda Labine, 218-844-7157.
Volunteer Respite Care: Become a respite care volunteer! For those 17 years and older interested in providing basic companion and supervision to older adults to relieve their primary caregivers. AmeriCorps volunteers receive a $200 per month stipend and after completing 450 hours in a year, receive a $1,600 educational grant. Community volunteers, individuals willing to help on a minimal basis, also welcome! Please contact Laura Rasmussen at 218-220-7517 or email@example.com if you are interested in learning more.
Let’s Go Fishing: To schedule a fishing or scenic pontoon trip this summer, or to volunteer with the local chapter of Let’s Go Fishing, call 218-847-5670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information, including what times and dates are available, can also be found online at www.detroitlakes.LGFWS.com.
Outdoor Pickleball: Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball hosts organized play from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday through Friday at the Peoples Park outdoor courts (Saturday mornings are also busy). All players are welcome. Courts are marked by skill level. park north of the courts during Tuesday and Saturday Farmers Market. The new courts are open to the public at all times. On rain days, 2-4 courts are available at the DLCCC, depending on program scheduling. Check the gym door for details. To get more information about lessons, events and socials email DLpickleball@gmail.com or like the DL Pickleball page on Facebook.
Lakes Area Adoption Support: Lakes Area Adoption Support is an adoption support group for anyone who has adopted or who is in the process of adoption. Meetings are the last Tuesday of each month at Audubon Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Child care available.
Overeaters Anonymous: Two local chapters of Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step food addiction recovery program, meet weekly in Detroit Lakes: One group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in Community Alliance Church, while the other meets on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. No diets, weigh-ins, or fees. All are welcome! For more information on the Community Alliance group, call 701-388-7585. For more information on the First Lutheran group, contact Donna at 218-329-5335.
Eagles Bingo: Bingo is back at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Call 218-847-5267 for more information.
Mom’s Morning Out: A Mom’s Morning Out meeting is held every Thursday morning, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at La Barista in the Washington Square Mall. You and your little one are invited to come visit with other breastfeeding moms and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea. A breastfeeding and infant care expert will be present to answer questions. For more information or to sign up call 218-314-7051.
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 $40 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 218-314-7051.
Eagles Pinochle: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there will be pinochle at the Eagles Club at 112 W. Holmes St. in Detroit Lakes. Members, guests and friends welcome. For questions call Gordy Martinson at 218-841-2940.
Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran 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 Laura Rasmussen at 218-220-7517 with questions.
Adult Children of Alcoholics: The Alano Club of Detroit Lakes (827 Summit Ave.) will host a weekly meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families (ACoA) every Sunday at 8 p.m. For more information contact Gina B at 218-849-3649.
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 www.larl.org.
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 Chapter 940 meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m., also at Trinity Lutheran. TOPS 1251 of Lake Park meets every Tuesday at the Lake Park Lutheran Church, with weigh-in starting at 12 noon, followed by the meeting at 12:30. Come and join us as we help each other reach our weight goals as we improve our health. New members welcome. For more information call 218-532-2883, or 218-532-5882.
Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery, for hurts, habits and hang-ups, is held every Monday at Christian Fellowship Church, 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes. It begins with supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by large group and small group at 6:30. Contact Cleo Smith at 701-367-3313 for more information.
L.A. Moms group: Lakes Area (L.A.) 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.
Foster homes needed: Foster homes are needed. If you or someone you know can help, call Becker County Children and Family Services 218-847-5628 and ask for Intake.
Bone Builders: An exercise class for seniors called “Bone Builders” is being held at 405 W. Maple Ave. in Frazee, Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.; the Lake Park City Center every Tuesday and Friday at 10:15 a.m.; and also at the Vergas Event Center, Thursdays at 9:30.a.m. The group focuses on low-impact and balance exercises.
Alzheimer’s Support Group: Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Yoga Studio at Ecumen Detroit Lakes.
Dunvilla Lions Club: The Dunvilla Lions Club will meet the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Dunn Township Hall.
Be a foster grandparent: For those 55 and older interested in being a foster grandparent through the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council program, call 800-584-7020 or visit www.tvoc.org.
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. child care 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.
Lakes Area Quilt Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild meets every fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes, Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Forest Conference Center. All levels of quilters, new and experienced are welcome to attend.
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.
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.
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.
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.