Saturday, October 12

Quilt Expo: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild will hold a Quilt Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes. Quilts, bags, table runners, art quilts and rugs will be displayed. Watch demonstrations of strip/string piecing, square within a square, one block wonder, towels with prairie points and Accuquilt. See a slide show on the “History and Trends in Quilting” at 1 p.m., followed at 1:45 by a “Group Quilt Show and Tell,” where quilters are invited to show a quilt. There is no cost to attend. Hometown Crafts and Red Pine Quilt Shop will display completed kits and provide coupons. Enjoy a day of learning about quilts and consider becoming a member of the Lakes Area Quilters!

Adoptive Moms Retreat: A retreat for parents of adopted children will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Community Alliance Church, 408 W. Elm St., Detroit Lakes. The $30 per person fee is all-inclusive; lunch, snacks and informational materials will be provided. For more information, including options for overnight stay if necessary, please contact Lori Kenney at 701-238-8046 (text or call) or email

Deep Roots Festival: Farm tours, food workshops, and a farm-to-table dinner are on tap for the first annual Deep Roots Festival at Milt's Barn, 47000 180th Ave, Pelican Rapids. The organic and sustainable farmers who are part of the local chapter of Sustainable Farming Association have organized the event to showcase organic farming in the region and celebrate the harvest season with the local farm community. Live music included! General admission is $5 per person; the harvest dinner is $35 per plate. For more info contact Brittney Johnson at

Harvest Moon Festival: The Detroit Lakes Lions will host this special beer tasting festival from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Shorewood Pub. Sample dozens of different beers, stroll through the silent auction, and for those who would like to stay for supper, there will be a fish fry for an additional charge. Tickets are available at the door for $20, or in advance from any Lions member for $15. Proceeds benefit local charities and the Lions' Eyes for Mexico project.

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Pine Point Music Retirement Bash: After nearly 10 years, Tina Penn has announced that she will be retiring from from her nonprofit organization, Pine Point Music. Penn will be hosting a retirement bash and potluck at the Pine Point Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m., to thank everyone who has volunteered, donated, or participated in making Pine Point Music possible for all these years. There will be live music, and Nijii Radio will be broadcasting during the event, which is open to the public.

Reina del Cid Concert: The Historic Holmes Theatre's newest concert series, Backstage at the Holmes, features an 8 p.m. performance by Minnesota's own Reina del Cid. All tickets $10. For more information call 218-844-7469 or visit

Stop, Drop & Run: The Detroit Lakes Fire Department is hosting a 5K/10K race starting at 8 a.m. in front of the DL Fire Station at 417 Main St. W. Cost to participate is $25 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K race. To sign up, visit, call 218-234-6836 or email

Sunday, October 13

Tamarac Wellness Walk and Book Signing: Has it been a busy summer? Take a deep breath! Heal, renew and energize your spirit in nature by joining nature therapy guide Joan Vorderbruggen of Bircheart Shinrin-Yoku for for this unique workshop which includes a therapy walk that invites you towards a greater sense of wellness, a deeper connection with Nnture, and insight into your own wisdom. At 3:30 p.m., Vorderbruggen will be signing copies of her book, "Wild Calm: Finding Mindfulness in Forest Bathing: A Guided Journal." The workshop is free, though preregistration is required. To register, call 218-844-1767. Must be 16 years of age or older to participate; workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Knights of Columbus Fall Dinner: The Knights of Columbus Council 3166 will be sponsoring a Fall Dinner from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m .in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Serving roasted whole turkeys with dressing, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, coleslaw, buns and dessert, at a cost of $10 for adults, $4 for kids, with all proceeds going to benefit area communities.

Tamarac Photo Contest Awards: Visit the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes at 2 p.m. to find out the winners of the 2019 Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest, including the People's Choice Award, which was determined through votes cast at the photo contest display in the mall this past week, which was designated as National Wildlife Refuge Week.

Monday, October 14

Footcare Programs for Seniors: Healthy Alternatives, a program of Essentia Health's Detroit Lakes clinic, will be offering free footcare for seniors on the second Monday of every month. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Park City Center, and 1-4 p.m. at the Hawley Senior Center. New participants may call REACH at 218-483-3145 to schedule an appointment; current clients need not call, just show up for your scheduled appointment on time.

Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration: Join the Detroit Lakes Schools Native American Education Program and the Detroit Lakes Drum & Dance Team for "Cultural Connections: An Indigenous Peoples Day Event," starting at 6 p.m. This free, public event will give those in attendance a chance to learn about the past, present, and future of Indigenous culture in our community through speakers, educators, and a drum and dance exhibition.

Tuesday, October 15

Senior Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour Senior Driver Safety Class will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Perham Public Library (225 2nd Ave NE). Cost. is $20 (no workbooks and no tests). Please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336 to register.

Thursday, October 17

Meet Author Leif Enger: Bestselling author Leif Enger is embarking on a tour of several libraries in the area to discuss his latest book, “Virgil Wander," which tells the enchanting and timeless story of the residents of a small Midwestern town struggling to revive their community. He will be stopping at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., at 7 p.m. His appearance will be open to the public, free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information on this and other LARL events and services, contact the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 218-847-2168 or visit the website at

Friday, October 18

After Dark at the Museum: Back by popular demand, the Becker County Museum and Midwest Paranormal Files will once again be co-hosting an evening of “Flashlight Tours & Frightful Tales,” starting at either 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Tour space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible. Because this tour will include some unedited stories that are not recommended for young children, this tour is restricted to those age 10 and above, and all kids under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 per person. Call the museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve your tickets, or stop in at 714 Summit Ave. during the museum’s regular hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

American Red Cross Blood Drive: Grace Lutheran Church, 216 Roosevelt Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go to to schedule an appointment to give blood.

Baked Potato Lunch: The Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes, 150 Richwood Road, Detroit Lakes, will be hosting its annual Baked Potato Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Build your potato with a buffet of toppings to choose from, all for a free will donation; all proceeds raised will go directly to support the United Way of Becker County. To-go orders are also available. For more information, call 218-847-5700 (to place a to-go order, dial extension 0).

Read to a Dog: Kids in the lakes area can come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon for a chance to practice reading aloud to a furry friend from Pet Partners. Sign your child up to read with Norman, a certified therapy animal, by calling the library (218) 847-2168 or stopping in at 1000 Washington Ave. Each session is 15 minutes long; participation is on a first signed up, first served basis.

Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Oddfellows (IOOF) Hall at 118 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. Charley Huhtala will be the caller. For more information please contact Duane Olson at 218-532-7891 or 849-9317.

Saturday, October 19

Family-Friendly Flashlight Tour: So the kids in the family don’t feel left out, the Becker County Museum and Midwest Paranormal Files will be co-hosting a flashlight tour that’s suitable for all ages starting at 10 a.m., though kids under age 18 must still be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 per person, and tour space is limited, so please call the museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve your tickets, or stop in at 714 Summit Ave. during the museum’s regular hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Lutefisk, Meatball & Lefse Dinner: Immanuel Lutheran Church of Osage will be hosting a lutefisk, meatball and lefse dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The dinner will be served with cranberries, potatoes, carrots, corn, homemade bread, bars, rommegrot, coffee and lemonade, at a cost of $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 5-12 and free for all kids age 4 and under. There will also be tickets sold for a quilt raffle. To get to the church, drive 18 miles east of Detroit Lakes on Highway 34 to Church Road, then go one mile north of Big Toad Lake; GPS address is 43526 School House Road, Osage.

Sunday, October 20

St. Andrews Turkey Dinner: St. Andrew’s Catholic Church of Hawley will be serving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including assorted salads and desserts, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for kids age 6-12, and free to all kids of preschool age and younger. The church is located at 1418 Main St., Hawley. This fundraising event is sponsored by Catholic United Financial, which will provide a matching grant to help support adult religious education.

Tuesday, October 22

Senior Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour Senior Driver Safety Class will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Perham Public Library (225 2nd Ave NE). Cost. is $20 (no workbooks and no tests). Please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336 to register.

An Evening of Musical Romance & Virtuosity: Join award-winning concert violinist Grace Park and pianist Tyler Wottrich for this special concert featuring classic romantic pieces interspersed with sonatas of astonishing musical virtuosity. Cost is $15 for adults, $7.50 for students (or buy an adult ticket at full price and receive a student ticket for free). Tickets are available online at, by phone at 218-844-7469 or you can purchase them in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.


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ServSafe Food Manager Classes: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering ServSafe Food Manager classes on Mondays and Wednesdays in October. Participants will learn best practices and regulations for safe food management, and those successfully completing the course and exam will be able to register with the Minnesota Department of Health as a certified ServSafe Food Manager. Classes will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 14, 16, 21, 23 and 28. There will also be a re-certification course for previously certified food managers held on Oct. 30. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

Sacred Festival of Tabernacles: Almighty Yahweh's annual Sacred Festival of Tabernacles happens Oct. 14-21. Anyone interested in keeping this scripture-commanded festival (Leviticus 23:34) please call 218-766-8176.

Free English as a Second Language Classes: Adult Basic Education in Detroit Lakes offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday-Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or stop by the ABE offices at M State to register or for more information.

Driver's License Exam Prep Classes: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is now offering classes designed to help unlicensed adult drivers become familiar with vocabulary, signs, and rules of the road so they can successfully pass the written portion of the Minnesota Driver's License Exam. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

Beginner Writing Classes: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is now offering "Journeys: Beginner Writing" classes designed to help students learn basic writing skills. Classes will be held every Monday, 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 21-Nov. 25. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

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.

GED/Adult Diploma Orientation: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is now offering orientation sessions for those seeking their GED or Adult Diploma on Nov. 5 or Dec. 3; these Tuesday sessions will both take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 218-844-5760 or email to register.

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.

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.