The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items, for publication online and in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions, space permitting.

Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either dltribune@dlnewspapers.com or vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.

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, November 26

Community Thanksgiving Feast-COVID Style: Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church will be hosting its annual Community Thanksgiving Feast — but unlike previous years, all orders will be available for pickup or delivery only. No on-site dining will be permitted. Community residents can call in and order their meals for at-home delivery at 218-847-1393. Pre-orders are necessary for delivered meals only; residents can come into the church and pick up their meals anytime between 11 a.m.-1 p.m., which is also when the meals will be delivered. Volunteers are needed for both serving and delivery. If you would like to help, please contact the parish office at the above number. The meals are available at no cost, though free will donations are gratefully accepted to help defer expenses. Free will offering baskets will be available on site, but donations can also be dropped off at the parish office during regular business hours.

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Wednesday, December 2

Virtual Advent Mini-Concert: First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes will present the "Wednesdays in Advent” holiday mini-concert series, featuring area musicians, at noon every Wednesday during the Advent season, via live stream on the website of First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, at firstlutheranchurch.com. These half-hour concerts can also be found on First Lutheran’s Facebook page, and will be available at listeners' convenience anytime after the original live stream is aired. All concerts are free and open to the public for viewing. For more information, call First Lutheran Church at 218-847-5656.

Tuesday, December 8

Meet Author Lin Enger-Virtual Presentation: Lake Agassiz Regional Library will host a virtual event featuring local author Lin Enger at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live. Enger will discuss his new book, “American Gospel,” which explores the United State’s obsession with apocalypse and the ways which religious extremists use fear and lies to manipulate. A Moorhead resident, Lin Enger teaches English at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is the author of "Undiscovered Country," "The High Divide" among other works. This event is free-of-charge and will be presented live on the Lake Agassiz Regional Library Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/larlmn. This presentation is made possible thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Cancellations

Smokey Hills Deer Hunters Christmas Party: Due to COVID-19 pandemic safety restrictions, the Smokey Hills Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is canceling its 2020 Christmas Party, set for Friday, Nov. 27 at the American Legion in Detroit Lakes.

Lake Park Parade of Trees: The 17th annual Parade of Trees, which was scheduled for Nov. 26-29 at the Lake Park American Legion, has been canceled this year due to recently announced pandemic safety restrictions that have been imposed statewide.

Vergas Old-Fashioned Christmas: The Vergas community's annual Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration, set for Saturday, Nov. 29, has been canceled this year due to pandemic safety restrictions.

Santa's Grand Parade of Lights: Detroit Lakes' annual kickoff to the holiday shopping season, Santa's Grand Parade of Lights, was set for Monday, Nov. 30, but has been canceled this year due to pandemic safety restrictions.

Festival of Trees: Detroit Lakes' 5th Annual Festival of Trees, benefitting the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, has been canceled for this year due to ongoing pandemic safety concerns.

Miscellaneous

Red Cross Blood Donation: The American Red Cross is calling on area residents to donate blood and platelets, in order to help ensure blood is on the shelves for breast cancer patients and others who rely on transfusions for survival. Additional information and details on how to schedule an appointment are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Unite.