Saturday, September 21

Understanding the Times: First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes will be hosting an all-day conference, "Understanding the Times," from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scheduled speakers include author, commentator, radio and TV host Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas; author, Bible teacher and Israeli tour guide Amir Tsarfati, founder of Behold Israel; author, commentator and radio host the Rev. Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, Calif.; the Rev. J.D. Farag of Calvary Chapel in Kaneohe, Hawaii; author, commentator and radio host Jan Markell, founder of Olive Tree ministries; and Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. Lunch will be provided. Visit for details.

HAC Mixed Media Art Class: The Holmes Art Cellar, located in the basement level of the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, will host a mixed media art class from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will create a personal collage with paper, glue, paint and found objects. Cost is $55 per person; all supplies included. Register online at or call 218-844-7469.

National Museum Day: The Becker County Museum will welcome all visitors free of charge today, as part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum Day celebration – the only requirement is that you bring in a printed ticket from Museum exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; this year's National Museum Day theme is "Year In Sound, Year in Music." There will be special exhibits and activities throughout the day. For more information please call 218-847-2938 or visit

Leather & Leaves Motorcycle Rally: The 12th Annual Leather & Leaves Motorcycle Rally departs at 11 a.m. from in front of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center; there will be a driver meeting at 10:45 a.m.

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Tamarac Fall Photo Safari: Experience autumn on the refuge through the lens of your camera. Visit some unique areas to capture the changing color. Bring a snack, water and your creativity! Led by refuge volunteer guides and members of the Detroit Lakes Photography Club. Meet at the Discovery Center at 2 p.m.; event will last until approximately 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, though participants must provide their own cameras. For more information, contact the refuge at 218-847-2641.

The Skit Guys: Christian Fellowship Church and the Historic Holmes Theatre are teaming up to bring Tommy Edwards and Eddie James, also known as the Christian comedy duo The Skit Guys, to the Holmes for a special evening of faith-based comedy, music and fun, to include an appearance by Kent Dudley and his Bended Knee Band. Tickets for the 7 p.m. performance are $15 and may be purchased at

Blues, Beer & BBQ: The Detroit Lakes Kiwanis presents its 3rd Annual Blues, Beer & BBQ at Detroit Mountain, 5 p.m. to midnight. Schedule includes live music from PK Mayo, 6 p.m.; John "Mr. Jack" Hutchinson, 7:30 p.m.; and the Dee Miller Band, 8:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar, cold beer and food trucks on site throughout the event, which will be held rain or shine. Bring your blanket or folding chair, as seating is limited. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, or from any DL Kiwanis member. Proceeds support the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, and various youth focused programs in the lakes area.

Sunday, September 22

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, “Wild Ways,” will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Four lane highways are a necessity to our society, but they can be a death trap for millions of animals that try to cross them. From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to endangered species in this 55 minute film. The Tamarac 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.

North Country Trail Fall Equinox Hike: Come out and enjoy the fall colors and a quiet walk in the woods. Meet at Hubbard County Road 4/Halverson Forest Road Trailhead (2.5 miles south of Lake George on Hubbard Co. 4) at 1:30 p.m. Hike will cross the Schoolcraft River Valley, pass through mixed forest and all the Itasca Moraine landforms. Two options for distance: Hubbard Co. 4 Trailhead to Spider Lake Road is 7.8 miles with transportation provided back to the starting point. Or, for a shorter hike go as far as you wish and return to the starting Trailhead. Dress for the conditions and bring water and snacks. Questions? Call Bruce Johnson at 218-732-8051.

Fall Food Festival: Heartland Symphony Orchestra is hosting a new event, the Fall Food Festival, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sprout in Little Falls. Festivities will include a pasta making demonstration and music by Sully Gwost and Kalli Sobania, local musicians and former players with the Heartland Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $50 and include a season ticket to three HSO concerts. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to support the concerts of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra. For additional information call 1-800-826-1997 or email

Monday, September 23

Bigmouth Buffalo Presentation: The Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will be hosting a special presentation at 7 p.m. in the upper level meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1000 Washington Ave. Detroit Lakes native Alec Lackmann will be talking about his graduate work at North Dakota State University, for which he studied the Bigmouth Buffalo, the world's oldest freshwater fish. Lackmann and his colleagues had their findings published in a national nature research journal, garnering international attention, including articles in National Geographic and Newsweek. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 24

Advance Care Planning Session: Do you have questions about advance care planning? Then come to Mahube-Otwa Community Action at 1125 West River Road, Room 215, Detroit Lakes, for a free advance care planning session from 6-8 p.m. Topics include an overview of advance care planning, information on the necessary elements of a healthcare directive and assistance in starting one; and answers to any questions you may have. Content will be suitable for adults of all ages; no pre-registration necessary. For more information call Amy, 218-234-3906.

HAC Metal Stamping Jewelry Class: The Holmes Art Cellar, located in the basement level of the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, will host a metal stamping jewelry class from 6 to 9 p.m. The instructor is Krista Ulrich of Designs by Krista Marie; participants will create a a piece of unique jewelry to take home with them. Cost is $30 per person; all supplies included. Register online at or call 218-844-7469.

Author Talk-Mary Krugerud: Mary Krugerud, author of “Interrupted Lives” and “The Girl in Building C," will be speaking at this month's meeting of the Detroit Lakes Library Club, set for 2 p.m. in the main meeting room of the library at 1000 Washington Ave. Both of Krugerud's books are based on true stories involving the history of tuberculosis treatment in Minnesota. This event promises to be an interesting time, with good conversation and refreshments. All are invited to attend. For more information call 218-847-2168.

Teen Writers Group: Teens interested in pursuing writing are invited to join this group from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., for inspiration and support. Participate in a writing prompt, learn writing tips, and hear feedback from your peers. For more information call 218-847-2168.

Wednesday, September 25

Excel for Beginners: Those interested in learning more about Excel are encouraged to join this 3:30 p.m. class at the Detroit Lakes Public Library to learn the basics of using spreadsheets, which allows users to easily store, organize and modify data. Discover how to insert text, compute basic formulas, use AutoFill and more. The library is at 1000 Washington Ave. in Detroit Lakes. Call 218-847-2168 to register for this class, which is offered free of charge and open to the public.

Friday, September 27

Zion Lutheran Rummage & Bake Sale: Zion Lutheran Church will host a fall rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The church is at 1100 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes; a barbecue lunch will also be served.

Hemp Talk: Join JoDan Rousu of Ogema Organics at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., from 5 to 7:30 p.m., for an open and honest conversation about the 2018 Farm Bill and hemp in Minnesota.

Steak Fry: The First Zinger Squadron of American Legion Post 15 will be hosting a steak fry fundraiser starting at 5 p.m. in the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Cost is $13 per plate; serving will continue until all the steak is gone.

Eagles Karaoke: Larry’s Rock’n Country DJ service will provide the music for a night of karaoke at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 28

E-Bike Demonstrations: West Central Climate Action, the DL Bike Shop and local bicycle owners are getting together to host a presentation on e-bikes and climate change at 10:30 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Tri-athlete Mark Andersen will be talking about the science behind climate change, and how we can protect nature by going electric. Local bike owners will also be giving an outdoor e-bike demonstration as part of the presentation. For more information, contact Polly Daggett Andersen at

Taste of Lund: The congregation of Lund Lutheran Church will host its 16th annual Taste of Lund festival, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until the food is gone. Enjoy Scandinavian delicacies including lefse, lutefisk, rommegrot, sandbakkels, crepes, Swedish almond cakes, rosettes, krumkake and more. Tickets are $1 for two samples. There will also be a bake sale. The church is located nine miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road.

Sunday, September 29

Tamarac Fall Festival: Join the staff and volunteers of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge for a day of celebrating nature and the beauty of Tamarac. There will be guided tours, activity stations, a puppet show, conservation demonstrations, a photo contest exhibit and more! Take the nature challenge and win a prize. There is no admission fee, but the Friends of Tamarac will be serving up lunch, with proceeds to benefit the Refuge's environmental education programs.

Tuesday, October 1

Health Talk: Naturopathic physician Dr. Joan Waters of Practical Health Solutions will be giving a presentation titled “‘Food Sensitivities and How to Resolve Them’” at 6 p.m. in the Healing Hub, 115 Willow St. W., Detroit Lakes. Call 970-482-2010 or visit for more information.


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Maplewood Leaf Days: Every year, the Friends of Maplewood host a multi-day celebration in honor of the fall colors at Maplewood State Park. This year’s Leaf Days will be held over two weekends, Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 5-6, with most activities taking place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be wagon rides, guided hikes and other activities for all ages. Food, clothing and maple syrup will be sold at the picnic shelter. The park is located several miles southeast of Pelican Rapids off Highway 108. For more information, visit

Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics: The Becker County Master Gardeners will be hosting their final Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics of the summer this month 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 Sept. 23 and 30. For more information, contact the Extension office at 218-846-7328, ext. 7105.

Local Al-Anon and Alateen Meetings: Several weekly meetings of Al-Anon Family Groups (AFGs) and Alateen support groups take place in the lakes area. The Lakes Fellowship AFG meets at 5 p.m. every Monday at First Lutheran Church, 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes; the Perham Al-Anon group meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays in the Perham Alano Club, 43452 County Highway 34; The Detroit Lakes AFG meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Detroit Lakes Alano Club, 827 Summit Ave.; the Keep It Simple AFG meets every Thursday at noon in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1025 Lake Ave. (enter south door), Detroit Lakes; and the Detroit Lakes Alateen group meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. in the DL Alano Club. For more information visit

Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market remains open through the end of October at Detroit Lakes’ Peoples Park (behind Zorbaz). Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday. For more information visit or call 661-345-7450.

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 if you are interested in learning more.

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 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

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

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.