Friday, November 8

Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance at Century School in Park Rapids. The caller will be Charley Huhtala; Donna Stone will cue rounds. Schedule is 7:30 p-.m. plus, 8-10 p.m. mainstream. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Karen at 218-252-3853.

Saturday, November 9

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.

Grace Lutheran Holiday Bazaar: Grace Lutheran Church, 213 Roosevelt Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host its annual Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be breakfast and lunch served as well as hand-sewn American Doll and Barbie Doll clothes, crafts, candies, baked goods, breads and other items available for purchase.

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Sunday, November 10

American Legion Auxiliary Open House: John Bridges American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Post 15 Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. in honor of the 100th birthday of the American Legion Auxiliary. Stop in for a cupcake or a cookie and learn what the Legion Auxiliary does for our veterans, and the community. All are welcome.

Monday, November 11

Fairbanks Memorial Highway Dedication: A special ceremony to dedicate the James D. Fairbanks Memorial Highway through Becker County will take place at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Minnesota State Highway 34 and Becker County Highway 26, a half mile west of Osage. The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be participating along with the Jack Pine Singers and master of ceremonies Bud Parker. Note: This is an outdoor event, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Detroit Lakes Library Closed: All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites, including Detroit Lakes, will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Regular hours of operation will resume Tuesday, Nov. 12. For more information, visit or call 218-847-2168.

Senior Driver Safety Course: There will be a four-hour defensive driving class geared toward seniors held at the Vergas State Bank, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $20 (no workbooks and no tests). To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Wednesday, November 13

Detroit Lakes NARFE: Chapter 1842 of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold their regular meeting at noon in the Holiday Inn’s Ice Cutter room in Detroit Lakes. Lunch from the menu will be followed by the business meeting beginning at 1 p.m. The agenda includes discussion of the upcoming open season for health insurance. If you need directions or have other questions, please contact chapter president Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 for additional information.

Brown Bag Lunch: The Becker County Museum’s November Brown Bag Lunch presentation will be "Growing & Greening Our City," featuring Detroit Lakes Public Utilities Energy Services Specialist Bridget Penton. There is no admission fee for the museum during Brown Bag Lunch events. Bring your own lunch or call the Museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve a box lunch for $8.

Thursday, November 14

Becker County Republicans: The November meeting of the Becker County Republicans will be at HUB 41, 104 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes, in the restaurant's upper level. There will be a strategy get-together at 6 p.m., with menu options available for purchased, followed by the official meeting at 7 p.m.

Backstage at the Holmes-Michael Shynes: The latest installment of the Historic Holmes Theatre's new concert series, Backstage at the Holmes, features an 8 p.m. performance by Midwest-born singer-songwriter Michael Shynes. All tickets $10. For more information call 218-844-7469 or visit

Give to the Max Day: Nonprofit organizations across Minnesota are asking supporters to donate on Give to the Max Day, a 24-hour online fundraiser hosted by Several local organizations have secured matching grants, so all donations made up to the amount of the match will be doubled. Additional prize drawings will be held during the day as well. To learn more please visit

Health Talk: Naturopathic physician Dr. Joan Waters of Practical Health Solutions will be giving a presentation titled “‘The Health Effects of EMFs and Dirty Electricity: How to minimize risk while enjoying technology,” at 6 p.m. in the Healing Hub, 115 Willow St. W., Detroit Lakes. Call 970-482-2010 or visit for more information.

Friday, November 15

Three Dog Night at Shooting Star: Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, perform at 8 p.m. in the Event Center at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at or via the “Buy Tickets” tab on Shooting Star’s Facebook page:

Saturday, November 16

John McEuen & the String Wizards: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will present a concert by John McEuen & the String Wizards at 7:30 p.m. A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, McEuen will be presenting songs from his 35-year career with the band as well as from his many other solo and group projects, with a focus on NGDB's iconic 1972 album, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." Tickets are $35 for adults and $17.50 for students. Call 218-844-7469 or visit for more information.

Jeremiah Project Presentation: The First Lutheran Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) will host a thank offering program featuring Lonnie Pederson from the Jeremiah Project at 10 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; there will be a free will offering taken as well as a silent auction to benefit the Jeremiah Project, whicih helps single mothers to succeed in the workforce while providing quality day care and preschool so their children can succeed in school. Refreshments provided.

Sunday, November 17

Immigration Forum: The Congregational United Church of Christ, 900 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host an immigration forum, "Just Who is Crossing the Line?" from 2 to 4 p.m. Intended to be educational and apolitical, this forum will feature expert speakers from the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota: Silvie Bisangwa, Rwandan refugee and policy advocate at the center's St. Paul office; and Martha Castanon, who opened the center's Moorhead satellite office in 2015. Free and open to the public.


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Mamma Mia: The 2019 fall musical at Detroit Lakes Public Schools, "Mamma Mia," will be presented in two more performances at Detroit Lakes Middle School's George Simson Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 9. All tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at Central Market in Detroit Lakes.

Roses from Rotary: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary’s 26th annual Roses from Rotary fundraiser will be held Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 6-8. Pick up roses at Bergen’s on Willow Street, the Essentia Health St. Mary's clinic lobby or DL Floral in the Washington Square Mall. Cost is only $20 per dozen, with proceeds benefiting area literacy, hunger and wellness projects.

LakesCon: A celebration of retro-modern video gaming, tabletop gaming, board games, cosplay, anime, music and more, LakesCon will take place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10 at the Holiday Inn Lakefront, Detroit Lakes.

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. Remaining classes will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 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.

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.

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.

Detroit Lakes Area 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) throughout the summer and early fall. All players are welcome. Courts are marked by skill level. The new courts are open to the public at all times. During the winter months and on rain days, 2-4 courts are available at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, 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.