The Detroit Lakes Tribune has once again begun accepting community calendar items, for publication online and in our Wednesday print edition.

Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either or

Each submission must include the following: Date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

Thursday, September 10

Defensive Driving Refresher Course: A 4-hour defensive driving course will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

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Becker County Republicans: The September meeting of the Becker County Republicans will be held at 1123 US Hwy. 10 East, Detroit Lakes, just north of Spitfire Grill, starting at 7 p.m., with a social gathering at 6 p.m.

Friday, September 11

Lincoln-Reagan Dinner: The Becker County Republican BPOU will host its annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner starting at 5 p.m. in the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Call 218-234-6644 or 234-5610 to purchase tickets ($50 each) or for more information.

Eagles Karaoke: Larry’s Rock’n Country DJ service will provide the music for a night of karaoke at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., starting at 8 p.m. All are welcome. Contact 218-847-5267 for more information.

Saturday, September 12

Grape Stomp Festival: Richwood Winery will be hosting its 7th Annual Grape Stomp Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 7 p.m. Due to pandemic safety precautions, ticket sales for this event will be limited to 150 people, and restricted to those age 21 and up. Tickets are $10 each, and must be purchased in advance this year, at the website. No tickets will be sold at the door; proof of ticket purchase must be shown, after which each attendee will be presented with a complimentary wine glass. Event will include live music, vendor booths, wine tasting and more. Call 218-844-5990 or email for more information.

Monday, September 14

Ogema VFW Auxiliary: The Auxiliary of Ogema VFW Post 9880 will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Ogema VFW Hall. Social distancing/masks will be practiced. Please note fall and winter time change. All members encouraged to attend. If you are interested in joining the group or would like eligibility information please contact Carol Fabre at 218-983-3443.

Tuesday, September 15

Defensive Driving Refresher Course: A 4-hour defensive driving course will be held from 5-9 p.m. at the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. Cost is $20. To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Thursday, September 17

Lakes Area Women's Expo: Leighton Broadcasting will host its annual Lakes Area Women's Expo at Richwood Winery this year. The event will be held from 2 to 8 p.m., with tickets available in two "waves," either 2-5 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. COVID safety guidelines will be followed. All activities will be held outdoors, including live music, vendors, food trucks, wine tasting and more. Tickets may be purchased online at for $5 each. Contact Leighton Broadcasting at for more information.

Friday, September 18

Bethlehem Lutheran Fall Dinner: Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Frazee will hold its annual Fall Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A turkey steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, coleslaw and dessert will be served; no beverages will be available. Proceeds to benefit church mission projects.


Bible Reading Marathon: New York Mills' first Bible Reading Marathon will take place starting Sunday, Sept. 13 and continuing through Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Centennial Park Gazebo. Opening ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the first Bible reading to start at 3 p.m. Readings will be assigned in 15-minute slots.

Detroit Lakes Bowling Association: Bowling leagues are forming now and are looking for bowlers. Leagues will begin the week of Sept. 7 at Detroit Lakes' Voyageur Lanes. If you are interested in bowling full-time or being a substitute bowler, please contact the bowling alley at 218-844-2695 or Deb Krogsgaard, association manager at 651-283-7930. They will ensure you are put into contact with a league which is the best fit for you.

Lakes Area Farmers Market: Open every Tuesday and Saturday at Peoples Park in Detroit Lakes, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. More info at or 661-345-7450.

Shady Hollow Flea Market: Located at 12673 Co. Hwy. 17, Shady Hollow Flea Market in rural Detroit Lakes is open every Saturday and Sunday this summer from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meander through 3.5 acres of treasure-laden, shaded and grassy grounds with a mix of permanent and temporary vendors displaying a variety of new and used merchandise. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack are also available for purchase. More info at or 601-809-6661.

Lakes Country Woodcarvers: All area residents interested in wood carving are invited to join the Lakes Country Woodcarvers at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center every Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. For more information contact Bob Collins, 218-847-7714.

Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics: The Becker County Master Gardeners' summer gardening clinics are online and by phone only at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So if you have gardening questions call the Extension Office at 846-7328 or send an email to Linda Perrine, Becker County Master Gardener Coordinator at


DLHS Class of 1951 Reunion: The Detroit Lakes High School Class of 1951 reunion luncheon scheduled for this month has been cancelled due to the pandemic, but it has already been rescheduled for Sept. 23,2021 at the Holiday Inn on the Lake in Detroit Lakes. Details will be sent out in early summer. Questions? Contact Pru at 218-969-0359.

Septoberfest: The Detroit Lakes Shrine Color Guard's annual homage to all things Bavarian, Septoberfest, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, has been postponed until 2021. Call Steve Larson at 218-841-8533 or email for more information.

No Mercy XI: The 11th annual No Mercy MMA fights at Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes have been postponed from their originally scheduled date of Saturday, Sept. 12 until May 2021. Visit or call 218-841-0917 for more information.

United Way Community Celebration: The United Way of Becker County will not have a Community Celebration this year. This event, originally scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, has been postponed until 2021. Call LuAnn Porter, 218-847-0727, or visit the website at for more information.

Beardsley Races: The 25th Annual Dick Beardsley Races, originally scheduled for Sept. 19, have been postponed until Sept. 11, 2021 due to COVID-19. Registration (and refund) information can be found at or the event's Facebook page.