Friday, August 24
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.
Chuck Crain Concert: Chuck Crain, singer with the Presleys of Branson, Mo., and performer on RFD-TV, will be in concert at Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church, 12986 County Highway 15, rural Detroit Lakes, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but an offering will be received. Refreshments will be served following the concert.
Saturday, August 25
Farmers Market Cooking Demonstration: Sara Vanofflan will be doing a live cooking demonstration at the Lakes Area Farmers Market, featuring vegetable spring rolls, starting at 10:30 a.m. in Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes.
Vietnam Veterans Tribute: Ponsford resident Howard Maninga will host a free Vietnam veterans' tribute program at 1 p.m. Everyone welcome. Lunch follows the program. Mr. Maninga's residence is located at 33517 Bunker Hill Road, Ponsford.
Frazee-Vergas High School Reunion: The Frazee-Vergas High School Class of 1971 will gather for a reunion at the Jon and Lola Bachmann home, 51862 County Highway 51, Frazee, starting at 2 p.m. A potluck supper will be held as part of the festivities. Bring your own beverage. For more information, please call 701-367-7398.
Spaghetti Feed & Silent Auction: A benefit to help defer the extensive medical bills of Ava (Crotts) and Rob Robinson will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Grace Community Church in Osage. There will be both a spaghetti feed and silent auction held as part of the benefit.
Sunday, August 26
Roast Pork Dinner & Raffle: St. Theodore's Catholic Church of Ponsford will host a roast pork dinner and raffle to benefit various church projects. The all-you-can-eat dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and features homemade roast pork mashed potatoes, gravy, slaw salad, relishes, and freshly baked desserts. Right after the dinner, there will be a raffle featuring a hand-carved Minnesota Lady Slipper made by artist Sheila Hendrickson. Numerous other gift certificates and prizes will also be awarded throughout the afternoon. Cost is $9 per person for the dinner (kids under age 6 are admitted free of charge, while those under age 10 can eat for just $4).
Monday, August 27
Bridge Tournament: Bridge players are invited to take part in a sanctioned duplicate bridge tournament or party bridge tournament at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 305 West 5th St., Park Rapids.Registration is from 10 to 10:45 a.m., with lunch at 11 a.m. and bridge to follow. There will be door prizes and 50/50. Proceeds benefit the Park Rapids Senior Citizens Center. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Ruthann Helgren at 218-732-7427, Eric and Phyllis Barth at 732-7767 or Jean Ruzicka at 652-4311 to register.
Tuesday, August 28
Detroit Lakes Library Club: The Detroit Lakes Library Club will meet at 2 p.m. in the library's main meeting room. The club's 2018-19 kickoff program will feature renowned baker and cookbook author, Beatrice Ojakangas. This program is free and open to everyone.
Thursday, August 30
Senior Driver Safety Class: A defensive driving four-hour refresher class for seniors will be held at the Perham Public Library from 5 to 9 p.m. Please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336 to register.
Sunday, September 2
Pancake breakfast: The local Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a pancake, French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Admission is a free will donation, with proceeds going to benefit Knights of Columbus community projects.
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Eagles Karaoke: Larry's Rock n' Country will be spinning up the tunes for two nights of karaoke fun at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 Holmes St., starting at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. For more information, call the club at 218-847-5267
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. 24, 27 and 31 as well as Sept. 4, 10, 17 and 24. For more information, please contact the Extension office at 218-846-7328, ext. 7105.
Shoreham Chapel: Services at the non-denominational Shoreham Chapel are held each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. through the end of the summer. For more information, please contact Barb Olson, 218-530-0107.
Tuesdays in the Park: Every Tuesday from June through August, Habitat for Humanity will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, beans, potato salad and beverages in the Detroit Lakes City Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Following the meal, live music begins at 7 p.m. 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.
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 please contact Refuge staff at 218-847-2641.
Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball: The outdoor pickleball courts at Peoples Park in Detroit Lakes are now open for the season. Everyone is welcome to use one of the five outdoor courts, which are located just behind Zorbaz. They will be open to the public 24 hours a day, but scheduled play will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday through Saturday, as well as on Monday and Thursday evenings starting at 7 p.m. All skill levels welcome. For more information, call 218-847-4236 or email DLPickleball@gmail.com.
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, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tamarac Wildlife Excursions: Explore Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge with a knowledgeable guide. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of the refuge on this two hour driving tour. Tours will be offered every Thursday this summer, June through August, starting at 10 a.m. For more information please contact Refuge staff at 218-847-2641.
Shepherd of the Lakes Sunday Worship: Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church (LCMC) is now hosting Sunday worship services in Suite 15 of the Washington Square Mall, 808 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, starting at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Fellowship with coffee and rolls will follow the service.
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 please 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 always welcome. For more information call 218-532-2883, or 218-532-5882.
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: 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, 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. 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 2nd 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 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Dunn Township Hall.
Free hot meal: Stop into the Refuge every Thursday and Friday evening for a hot meal served from 5 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 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. 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.
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 www.therefugeofdl.org.
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.
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 in 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.