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, December 3

Friends of Tamarac: The Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will hold their 2020 annual meeting via Zoom, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A copy of the meeting agenda and link to the Zoom meeting room can be found on the Friends' website at tamaracfriends.org. For more information, call 218-847-1767 or email info@tamaracfriends.org.

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Saturday, December 5

Christmas Book Giveaway: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary will be hosting a drive through Christmas book giveaway at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School from 10 to 11 a.m. All welcome! Come and enjoy some safe holiday cheer with new books and goodie bags! All state mandated COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

Tuesday, December 8

Senior Fraud Prevention Webinar: A webinar titled "Senior Fraud Prevention: Stopping Scams and Staying Safe," will be held via Zoom from 11 a.m. to noon. Learn how to recognize the most common forms of fraud and the tactics aimed at seniors and others from experts at Lutheran Social Services, a partner of Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union in providing financial education for your financial well-being. Learn how to respond assertively to the pressures of phone and online con artists, and know where and how to report fraud. This information is essential for older adults and their loved ones, but valuable for all ages. There is no cost to join the Zoom meeting, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, or for more information, go to www.mmfcu.org/eservices/upcoming-events.

Christmas Book Giveaway: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary will be hosting a drive through Christmas book giveaway at Circle of Life Academy in White Earth from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All welcome! Come and enjoy some safe holiday cheer with new books and goodie bags! All state mandated COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

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.

Wednesday, December 9

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.

Thursday, December 10

Medicare 2021 Update: The Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging is hosting a free virtual event to help people navigate Medicare changes in 2021. With Medicare open enrollment in full swing, understanding the changes before deciding on insurance and prescription options is important. This virtual update session will be offered from 2-4 p.m. To register, go to dancingskyaaa.org and click on “Find the dates/Register.” Class registration closes three days before the event. For more information, call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433.

Christmas Book Giveaway: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary will be hosting a drive through Christmas book giveaway at the Boys & Girls Club in Detroit Lakes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. All welcome! Come and enjoy some safe holiday cheer with new books and goodie bags! All state mandated COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

Saturday, December 12

Detroit Lakes Blood Drive: The local chapter of Catholic Daughters will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Holy Rosary School, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. To schedule an appointment, call 877-258-4825 or go to vitalant.org and use sponsor code detroitlakes.

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.