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 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.

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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. This year's format is drive in, take out only (i.e., no on-site dining). A turkey steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, coleslaw and dessert will be served; no beverages included. Proceeds to benefit church mission projects.

Monday, September 21

Izaak Walton League: The Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will host a virtual meeting and program via Zoom, starting at 7 p.m. The program topic will be, "Why Solar? The Case for Powering Our Community with Solar Energy," and the scheduled speaker is Kyle Yschida, office manager at the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance. There will also be an update on what’s happening in the lakes area with solar power, featuring Amelinda Hendrickx, an engineer in the Energy Services department at Lake Region Electric Co-operative. To attend the meeting via Zoom, contact chapter president Bill Henke at or visit the chapter's Facebook page for more information.

Saturday, September 26

Concert in the Park: Fargo-Moorhead area rock band (with horns!) Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome will perform beneath the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This is a ticketed event; reserved seating (you keep the chair) will be available for $50 per person, while the cost of general admission is $25 (bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on). Proceeds to benefit the band and the Historic Holmes Theatre, which is hosting the outdoors event. Call 218-844-7469 or visit for reservations, or further information.

Wednesday, September 30

Defensive Driving 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. Cost is $20. To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.


Lakes Area Farmers Market: Open every Tuesday and Saturday through Oct. 28 at Peoples Park in Detroit Lakes, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. More info at or 661-345-7450.

Shady Hollow Fall Market: Located at 12673 Co. Hwy. 17, Shady Hollow Flea Market in rural Detroit Lakes is open every Saturday and Sunday in September and October, from 6 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


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.

Lake Park Pumpkin Fest: Lake Park's annual fall tradition, Pumpkin Fest, has been canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus. Originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, the festival has now been moved to 2021. Call 218-238-5532 or visit their Facebook page for more information.

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.