Sunday, May 19

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.

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Syttende Mai Smorgasbord: Solem Lutheran Church, located at 3767 280th St. S., Hawley, will be hosting its annual Syttende Mai Smorgasbord from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes ham, scalloped potatoes, glorified rice, pickled herring, assorted salads, beans, flatbread, lefse, rommegrot, fruit soup, Scandinavian pastries and more. Cost is $11 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for preschoolers; all are welcome. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information please call Ardelle, 218-0486-6803 or Audrey, 218-937-5797.

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, "Birds of the Gods," will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the New Guinean rainforest, home to birds of unimaginable color and beauty, in this 50-minute film. When Europeans first saw the plumes of these creatures in the sixteenth century, they believed they must be from heaven and called them Birds of Paradise. To find them is one of the toughest assignments, and to witness their mating displays is even tougher. The Visitor Center is located 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, please call 218-847-2641.

Monday, May 20

PEO Chapter DQ: Chapter DQ of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) will meet at 1 p.m. in the Congregational United Church of Christ, 900 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. The hostess is Linda Brockmann, with Vonnie Jacobson and Liz Fossen assisting. Rachael Gabe will present the program.

Tuesday, May 21

Old-Time Variety Dance: Albert Mikesh will provide the music for an 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.

Mental Health Workshop & Rally: The Becker-Clay-Otter Tail-Wilkin (BCOW) Adult Mental Health Initiative will host an all-day mental health workshop and rally for awareness at Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Detroit Lakes.

Thursday, May 23

Defensive Driving Refresher Course: A 4-hour defensive driving refresher course will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Perham Public Library. Cost is $20 (no workbooks and no tests). To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Talk of the Town: Learn the art of grilling from an expert! Spencer Wirt, NDSU Meat Lab Manager, will be offering grilling tips, cut selections, smoking, marinades, etc., as part of Cormorant's first "Talk of the Town" event of the season, set to start at 9 a.m. in the Cormorant Township Hall. Free coffee and cookies offered.

Spring Retreat for Caregivers: Ecumen Detroit Lakes will be hosting a Spring Retreat for Caregivers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Forest Conference Center at 1415 Madison Ave. There is no registration fee but an RSVP is REQUIRED by May 20. Call Loretta at 218-847-1385 (Mahube-Otwa CAP) to sign up.

Saturday, May 25

Master Gardeners Plant Sale: The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners will be holding their annual plant sale in the Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until 11 a.m. (or until the plants sell out, whichever comes first). The selection will include several varieties of pollinator-friendly native plants, and there will be hands-on activities for the kids as well. The Master Gardeners will also be on hand to talk plants.

Cemetery Association Meeting: The annual meeting of the Lake Ida Cemetery association will be held at 1 p.m. on the cemetery grounds in Cormorant Township.

Leather Up for Lupus Motorcycle Ride: The Detroit Lakes Eagles Club will once again be hosting a Memorial Day weekend motorcycle ride to support the fight against lupus, starting at noon on Holmes Street in front of the Eagles Club and continuing until approximately 5 p.m. To sign up, please call 218-847-5267.

Tamarac Birding Excursion: Get up with the birds and join local birder Steve Midthune for some bird identification lessons at the Tamarac Discovery Center at 8 a.m., then head out into the field to develop those skills. You'll identify at least 20 species. Binoculars and field guides are available to borrow. Bring a sack lunch and water for this 4 hour morning birding adventure. For more information call 218-847-2641.

Sunday, May 26

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, "Fabulous Frogs," will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Take a journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs, shedding new light on these charismatic creatures, Witness various courtship rituals and parenting. Frogs survive the arctic winters and live in the hottest places on earth. Discover the amazing adaptations and survival techniques, making them the most successful of amphibians, in this 55-minute film. The Visitor Center is located 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, please call 218-847-2641.

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Parade: Detroit Lakes' veterans groups are once again banding together to host a Memorial Day Parade, starting at 10 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Park and proceeding down Washington Avenue to the Pavilion, where there will be a program saluting local veterans. Free and open to the public.

Memorial Day Potluck: There will be a Memorial Day potluck lunch starting at noon in the Egelund Church, located 10 miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road and 4.5 miles east on County Road 26. Free will donations will be used for upkeep of the church and cemetery. Everyone is welcome to attend.


These Happenings section items or events do not have a specific date, or take place on more than one day.

Avenue of Flags: Oak Grove Cemetery, located just north of Detroit Lakes on Highway 59, will host its annual Avenue of Flags display over Memorial Day weekend, from approximately noon on Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27. Stop by and see more than 600 American flags on display throughout the cemetery, flying in memory of local military veterans.

Sacred Heart Bake & Craft Sale: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee will host a bake and craft sale on Saturday, May 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. The sale will include homemade bread, caramel rolls, angel food cakes and many other goodies for your picnics and family get togethers, as well as handcrafted aprons, table runners, pillow cases, and many other custom items. Everyone is welcome.

Senior Driver Safety Class: An 8-hour driver safety class for seniors will be held on two days, May 22-23, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Perham Public Library. Cost is $25 (no workbooks and no tests). To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

NARFE Conference: The Minnesota State Federation of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its 2019 State Conference at the Holiday Inn on the Lake in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21-22. Please check in at registration table between 8-10 a.m. on May 21. For additional information, or if you are not a current member of NARFE but would like to attend, you may contact Conference Chair Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 or, or District Field Officer Carolyn Billing at 218-736-5843 or

Eagles Spring Fling Raffle: The Detroit Lakes Eagles Auxiliary Unit 2342 is selling tickets for its annual Spring Fling Raffle, at a cost of just $2 each, from now through the end of May. Five great prizes - including gift certificates for Hub 41, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Detroit Lakes Floral, Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurant and Lakes Liquor - are being given away this year, with the drawing set for Friday, May 31. Proceeds to benefit the Becker County Food Pantry. Tickets are available from auxiliary members and at the Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes.

Climate Change Movie Screening: West Central Climate Action is co-sponsoring an event with the Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League... two free screenings of the movie "Paris to Pittsburgh" on Friday, May 31 at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. What are towns and counties doing across America to face the most severe threats of climate change such as mega rains and polar vortex events? What can we do in the Lakes region to create more renewable energy, more building efficiencies, more opportunity? Join us to see the movie and share in conversation and ideas after. Refreshments provided, everyone welcome.

Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball: Open pickleball play will take place every Monday through Friday, 8:30-11 a.m., at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Two to four courts are available depending on gym and school schedules. All skill levels are welcome; all equipment provided. Wear good quality court shoes. For more information email and join the Facebook group DL Pickleball. Rules are available at

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. We meet the last Tuesday of each month at the Audubon Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Childcare 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, please call 701-388-7585. For more information on the First Lutheran group, please 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.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is hosting this new caregivers' class on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. Classes last approximately 90 minutes. For more information, contact Ashlee Grussing at 701-330-1681.

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.

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.

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 Ashlee Grussing at 701-330-1681 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 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

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, 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, 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.

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

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.

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.

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.