Wednesday, January 8

Brown Bag Lunch: The Becker County Museum will host a Brown Bag Lunch presentation by Karen Pfiefer of Becker County Energize, who will discuss the organization's "HOPE Project" starting at noon. There is no cost to attend, and visitors can choose to bring their own lunch or reserve one for $8 by contacting the museum at 218-847-2938 by 10 a.m. on the day of the event.

Library Knitting Group: The Detroit Lakes Public Library's monthly knitting group meets at 4 p.m. in the main meeting room of the library at 1000 Washington Ave. Knitters of all experience levels are invited to join in by bringing new and ongoing projects and sharing experience and inspiration with fellow knitters. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Becker County Republicans: The January 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 purchase, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m .

Friday, January 10

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Baby Bounce: The Detroit Lakes Public Library has scheduled a Baby Bounce session at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the library at 1000 Washington Ave. A half-hour program of songs, stories, flannel board, action poems for infants and toddlers plus their caregivers will be followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers. Call the library at 218-847-2168 for more information.

Live Music at Detroit Mountain: Musician Dan Christianson will perform live in the lounge at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 218-844-SNOW or visit

Saturday, January 11

Furry Friends-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.

Lantern Lit Ski & Snowshoe: Visit Itasca State Park and ski or snowshoe by the light of the moon and kerosene lanterns along the trail from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Go at your own pace along the lantern lit route during this drop-in program. A limited number of snowshoes will be available to check out from the Visitor Center for those who do not have their own. Call 218-699-7251 for more information.

Backstage at the Holmes-The Nunnery: The latest installment of the Historic Holmes Theatre's new concert series, Backstage at the Holmes, features an 8 p.m. performance by The Nunnery, a solo act of Sarah Elstran, who creates a unique sound bymelding meditative, lush soundscapes with layered vocal loops and catchy hooks. More of an experience than just a sound, The Nunnery's somewhat-improvised performances are informed by the spaces in which they occur, and her live shows often incorporate other forms of art such as live visual projections. All tickets $10. For more information call 218-844-7469 or visit

Sunday, January 12

Pancake Breakfast: The Callaway Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Callaway Community Center. Admission is a free will offering, with proceeds to benefit community projects.

Lakes Area Bridal Show: Holiday Inn's Lakes Area Bridal Show 2020 will be held from 12-3 p.m. Enjoy a style show, meet area vendors and much more. Call 218-847-2121 for more information.

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, “Wolverines-Chasing the Phantom,” will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. This film will take you into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is. Hard-wired to endure an environment of scarcity, the wolverine is one of the most efficient and resourceful carnivores on Earth. The 55-minute film will be screened at the Tamarac Visitor Center, 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, call 218-847-2641.

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Doug Krier: A spaghetti dinner benefit for former Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mahnomen School Cafeteria. Krier has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and is undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The dinner is being co-hosted by the Sheriff's Department and the Mahnomen-Waubun Area Lions Club.

Monday, January 13

"Electrifying Minnesota" Mini-Movie Festival: The Detroit Lakes Public Library and Becker County Museum are joining forces to co-host a full day of electric-themed movie screenings at the library, in conjunction with the museum's current traveling exhibit, "Electrifying Minnesota." Movies and times are as follows: "Edison, the Man," 10 a.m.; "Weird Science," 2 p.m.; "Iron Giant," 4 p.m.; and "Young Frankenstein," 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public; popcorn will also be provided free of charge. Call the library at 218-847-2168 for more information.

Tuesday, January 14

Spanky's Cookbook Signing: Josh Hanson, owner of Spanky's Stone Hearth in Vergas, will be signing copies of the recently published "Spanky's Cookbook," featuring a host of popular dishes from his restaurant, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mainstream Boutique in downtown Detroit Lakes.

Becker County Food Pantry: The Becker County Food Pantry at 1308 Rossman Ave, Detroit Lakes, is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, by appointment only. Call 218-846-0142 to schedule your slot. No appointment is necessary during the Pantry's regular operating hours, which are every Tuesday and Thursday (national holidays excepted) from noon to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, January 15

Crochet Group: Calling all crocheters! People of all experience levels are welcome to bring new and ongoing projects to this craft group at the Detriot Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., starting at 4 p.m. Share experience, inspiration and the love of crocheting. Pre-registration is requested, though there is no cost to attend. Call the library at 218-847-2168 to sign up.

Thursday, January 16

James Sewell Ballet: James Sewell Ballet brings its ground breaking, critically acclaimed and stunning work from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre for a 7:30 p.m. show. Together for nearly 30 years, this company blends the elegance of classical ballet, the freedom of modern dance, and the can-do spirit of vaudeville. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. For more information call 218-844-7469 or visit

Friday, January 17

Open Mic Night at Detroit Mountain: Attention, local artists, come showcase your talents on the stage at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, 29409 - 170th Street, Detroit Lakes, starting at 6:30 p.m. Note: this is a live music event, not karaoke. Call 218-844-7669 for more information.

Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Oddfellows (IOOF) Hall at 118 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. Jim Lizakowski will be the caller. For more information please contact Duane Olson at 218-532-7891 or 849-9317.

Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists: The Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists will present the first of three Cathedral Classics concerts at Detroit Lakes' own Holy Rosary Catholic Church, starting at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $15, and will be available for purchase at the door or online at

John Anderson Concert: Country music legend John Anderson will perform live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and 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, January 18

ULTRA Classic Cruise: The Detroit Lakes ULTRA Snowmobile Club will be holding its second "Classic Cruise" of the season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be a ride for vintage and classic sleds, 1980 and older, but is open to anyone who wants to ride, regardless of year of sled. No show, just a ride, departing from the M State parking lot in Detroit Lakes at 9 a.m. Call Wayne Schlauderaff at 218-849-3069 for more information.

Winter Crafting Day at the Museum: The Becker County Museum's January Family Day activity will be winter crafting. Families can come in between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and choose from a variety of fun, simple winter-themed craft projects to work on together — some costing as little as $1 each! — then explore the museum, enjoy the interactive exhibits, and maybe even do a scavenger hunt. Museum admission is waived for any families crafting together. For more information call 218-847-2938.

Resin Coaster Art Class: The Holmes Art Cellar, located in the basement level of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, will host a Resin Coaster Art Class from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Teacher Chloe Dekkrai will show students how to make a pair of coasters out of epoxy resin. Cost is $60 per person, with all supplies included. For more information call 218-844-7469 or visit

MMA FIghts: Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center in Mahnomen will host the 13th North Star Combat MMA Fights, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets Start at $20 andcan be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at, or via the “Buy Tickets” tab on Shooting Star’s Facebook page,


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

Steam Club at the Becker County Museum: The Becker County Museum will be hosting a weekly Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Club every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., now through March 31. Students have the option to choose between the Art track or the STEM track, or can or move back and forth between projects. Each two-hour session includes a daily snack and supplies. Cost is $130 for the 13-week program ($10 per session); appropriate for kids ages 8-14. Call the museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve your spot.

Peoples Park Skating Rink & Warming House: The outdoor skating rink and warming house at Peoples Park are now open. Warming house regular hours through Feb. 29 will be 3-5:30 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; as well as 12-5 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Schedule is weather dependent; changes and/or cancellations will be announced on both KDLM and KRCQ Radio as well as the City of Detroit Lakes Facebook page.

Toddler & Family Storytime: Children ages 3 through kindergarten, and their families, 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 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at

Becker County Food Pantry: The Becker County Food Pantry at 1308 Rossman Ave, Detroit Lakes, is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, by appointment. Call 218-846-0142 on that day to schedule your slot. No appointment is necessary during the Pantry's regular operating hours, which are every Tuesday and Thursday (national holidays excepted) from noon to 3 p.m.

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.

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

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 Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Two to four courts are available depending on program scheduling; check the gym door for details. All skill levels are welcome; all equipment provided. Wear good quality court shoes. 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.

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.

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.