Wednesday, February 12
Polarpalooza Tubing Races: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will be hosting the annual Polar Fest Polarpalooza Tubing Races from 5 to 8 p.m. at the DMRA Tubing Hill. Prizes will be given for the top three finishes and best costumes. Proceeds to benefit Detroit Mountain's Ski Angel program. For more information or to register, go to detroitmountain.com/polar-fest.
Thursday, February 13
Polar Fest Break-A-Thon: Come to the Washington Square Mall between 4:30-7 p.m. and enjoy some demonstrations by local tae kwon do students. The Greater Community Tae Kwon Do Club uses this event to get children from the school involved in raising money to help the community. Half the money raised goes to the Becker County Food Pantry and the other half goes to the club's in-house scholarship fund for high school graduates. Call Lucas Holzhueter at 218-234-5890 for more information.
Senior Driver Safety Course: A four-hour defensive driving class for seniors will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 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.
Becker County Republicans: The February meeting of the Becker County Republicans will take place in the upper level of HUB 41 Restaurant, 104 West Lake Drive. There will be a strategy get-together from 6 to 7 p.m., with menu options available for purchase, followed by the official meeting at 7 p.m.
Chocolate Fantasy: Call the Becker County Museum and order a plate or box with chocolate treats to surprise your sweetheart, friends, employees and more. A variety of plates, platters and boxes are available, at a cost of $20 for a small plate or $40 for a large platter. Come to the museum from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and pick out your own selection, enjoy a chocolate-flavored beverage of your choice and view the museum’s romance-themed exhibits in honor of Valentine’s Day. Or you can arrange to have a tray delivered on Friday, Feb. 14, at schools and business offices in Becker County, for an additional $5. For more information, call 218-847-2938 or visit www.beckercountyhistory.org (click on the “Store” link at the top of the page) to place your order.
Friday, February 14
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.
Ice Tee Golf: Grab your friends and co-workers and join other teams from local businesses and community organizations for nine holes of frozen fun on Big Detroit Lake in front of the Holiday Inn. Cost to participate is $100 for a four-person team; contact LaCarra Larson at 218-844-4221, extension 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get your team registered today!
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.
Valentine's Day Dance: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a Valentine's Day Dance at the Century School in Park Rapids. Roger and Bernadette McNeil will be the caller and round cuer, respectively. Schedule is 7:30 p.m. Plus, 8-10 p.m. Mainstream. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Karen at 218-252-3853.
The Romantics at Shooting Star: Iconic '80s pop/rock band, The Romantics, 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 www.StarCasino.com/tickets, or via the “Buy Tickets” tab on Shooting Star’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/ShootingStarCasino.
Tom Papa Comedy Show: With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success in film, TV, radio, podcasts as well as on the live stage. A regular on "The Late Show with Steven Colbert" and "Conan," Papa in a veteran comedian who has earned the respect of both his peers and the public alike. He will perform live at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for students. Papa will also be having a meet and greet after the show; tickets are an additional $27 (must also purchase show ticket). Call 218-844-7469 or visit www.dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html for more information.
Saturday, February 15
Amateur Radio Club: The monthly meeting of the Detroit Lakes Amateur Radio Club starts at 9 a.m. inside the Icehouse Restaurant at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in ham radio. For more info on the club, please visit www.W0EMZ.org.
ULTRA Vintage Snowmobile Rally & Swap Meet: The ULTRA Snowmobile Club of Detroit Lakes will host their 17th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Rally & Swap Meet from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Detroit Lakes City Beach in front of Zorbaz. Swap opens at 7 a.m., show registration 8-11 a.m., and trophies presented at noon. Bikini Radar Run starts at noon. There are $5 raffle tickets again this year with a Grand Prize of a restored 1975 Arctic Cat Cheetah, as well as over $5,000 in cash and prizes. Raffle Tickets available from ULTRA Club members and on the lake during the Rally. For more information go to www.ultradl.org.
Polar Fest Freeze Your Buns Run: The Center at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center will host its annual 5K “Freeze Your Buns” Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m.; registration gets underway at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Kim Bettcher at 218-844-4221, extension 108 or email@example.com or visit the website at polarfestdl.com.
Polar Fest Plunge: The signature event of Detroit Lakes’ annual Polar Fest celebration, the Plunge gets underway at 1 p.m. on Little Detroit Lake. This is the Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year; visit www.bgcdl.org for details on how to register or get involved.v
Polar Fest Fat Tire Bike Demo: The public is invited to stop by the DL City Park between 12:30-3:30 p.m. to try riding a fat tire mountain bike. This free demonstration event is sponsored by the Lakes Area Mountain Bike Alliance and Trails (LAMBAT) with the support of Great Northern Bicycle Company of Fargo. A range of bike sizes will be available, including some for kids.
Polar Fest Beer Quaffing Competition: Hub 41 on West Lake Drive will host the second annual event starting at 2 p.m. Two teammates stand at each end of a long bar top; one slides the beer mug down the smooth surface and as it flies off the table the other teammate catches the brew mid-flight and drinks it down! Visit polarfestdl.com for details or call 218-844-8488.
Valentine's Banquet and Concert: Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church in rural Detroit Lakes will host a Valentine's Banquet and concert, featuring the Kingerly family, at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be taken.
Polar Fest Frozen Fireworks: Detroit Lakes’ 2019 Polar Fest celebration goes out with a bang at the Frozen Fireworks display, set for 7 p.m. on Little Detroit Lake at the City Beach. The Angel of Remembrance Committee will be selling hot chocolate starting at 6 p.m.
Backstage at the Holmes-The Stovepipes: The latest installment of the Historic Holmes Theatre's new concert series, Backstage at the Holmes, features an 8 p.m. performance by Fargo-Moorhead favorites The Stovepipes. All tickets $10. For more information call 218-844-7469 or visit www.dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html for more information.
Sunday, February 16
Color Guard Breakfast: The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard is hosting a fundraiser breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the Detroit Lakes American Legion Club. Breakfast will feature scrambled eggs, pancakes or French toast, and sausage or bacon, all for a suggested donation of $7.
Polar Fest Kids’ Pan Fishing Derby: The Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association will host its annual Polar Fest Kids’ Pan Fishing Derby from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Little Detroit Lake, at the Rossman Avenue Public Access. This derby is free for all kids age 13 and under; holes will be drilled and worms will be provided. Many prizes will be given out, including a Biggest Fish Trophy.
Candlelight Cross Country Ski Night: Get out your cross country skis for a candlelit ski through the woods at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area from 6 to 8 p.m. The inner loop of the east side cross country ski trails at Detroit Mountain will be lit with votive candles. This is a loop with some terrain, so please be award there are some hills to climb and ski down. For more information, go to dlxcski.com. Event hosted by the Detroit Lakes Nordic Ski Club.
Live at the Lodge-Deb Jenkins Band: The final event of Polar Fest 2020 will be a live performance by the Deb Jenkins Band at the Lodge on Lake Detroit, starting at 5 p.m. For more information call 218-847-8439 or visit polarfestdl.com.
Tuesday, February 18
Library Book Club: This month's book club discussion will focus on "The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir" by Thi Bui. This graphic novel is about Bui's family's escape from Vietnam in the 1970's and the new life they build in the United States. All are welcome to attend — even if you haven't read the book. Next month's selection is "Mrs. Everything" by Jennifer Weiner. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.
Mindfulness 101-Stretching/Yoga: Whether you are a beginner or regular yoga practitioner, come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 7 p.m. for this free yoga class led by certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Kelsey Juhnke. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one or a large towel, and wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. This event is part of the library's Mindfulness 101 series which is offered free of charge. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.
Wednesday, February 19
Crochet Group: Calling all crocheters! People of all experience levels are welcome to bring new and ongoing projects to the library’s crochet group meeting in the main meeting room at 4 p.m. Share experience, inspiration and the love of crocheting. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.
Lake Region Veterans Color Guard: The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes American Legion Club at 810 West Lake Drive. For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 21
The Cropdusters at Detroit Mountain: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area's live music series continues with a performance by The Cropdusters starting at 6:30 p.m. Visit detroitmountain.com or call 218-844-7669 for details.
Saturday, February 22
Maplewood Candlelight Ski: From 6 to 8:30 p.m., the 1-mile ski trail at Maplewood State Park will be lighted with 150 candles, a wonderful sight to see. Come and enjoy the evening. Ski, hike, or snowshoe, stand around the campfire, chat with friends, and enjoy hot chili, s'mores, bars, and hot drinks. The chili will be served at 5 p.m., so come early for some supper before heading out on the trail. Maplewood State Park even has 20 sets of snowshoes that you can try out. Skiers age 16 and up will need a ski pass; $10 daily or $25 annual ski passes are available at the park. Minnesota State Park stickers are also required for parking. For more information call Maplewood State Park, 218-863-8383.
Sunday, February 23
French Toast Breakfast: St. Ann's Catholic Church of Waubun will host a French toast breakfast fundraiser, bake sale and raffle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Menu includes French toast, Ketter's sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage.
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 www.larl.org.
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.
ServSafe Food Manager Classes: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering ServSafe Food Manager classes on Wednesdays and Fridays, Feb. 19-March 6. 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 from8 a.m. to noon. There will also be a re-certification course for previously certified food managers held on March 13. Call 218-844-5760 or email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.minnesotanorth-al-anon.org.
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 email@example.com 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 DLpickleball@gmail.com 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 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. 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.