The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items, for publication online and in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions, space permitting.
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.
Saturday, February 6
Kiwanis' Polar Fest Pancake Breakfast: The Detroit Lakes Kiwanis will be serving up pancakes and sausage, with a choice of coffee, juice or milk, from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive. Tickets will be sold at the door. Visit polarfestdl.com for more information.
Minne-Soda Hotdish Drive-Through Dinner: Grace Lutheran Church will be serving up "Minne-Soda Hotdish," drive -through style, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person/meal. Call 218-847-4568 or visit polarfestdl.com for more information.
Tuesday, February 9
Noon Rotary Spaghetti Dinner: Don’t miss a plate of Noon Rotary’s famous spaghetti dinner! Come to the Holiday Inn Lakefront between 4:30-7:30 p.m. and pick up a plate to enjoy with family and friends; take out and delivery options are also available. Tickets can be purchased from any Noon Rotarian, or at the door. Call 218-847-2121 or visit polarfestdl.com for more information.
Wednesday, February 10
Polar Putt: Come to the Washington Square Mall for some free fun; a putting "green" will be set up in the mall hallway for participants to putt for prizes, in the form of gift cards from mall businesses. Call 218-847-1679 or visit polarfestdl.com for more information.
Thursday, February 11
Giving Hearts Day: Ten local organizations are participating in this 24-hour online charitable giving event; go to givingheartsday.org to find your favorite charity, or stop by the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to drop off your donation (cash or checks accepted) in person. Most gifts of $10 or more will be matched by donations from area businesses and organizations.
Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour, in-person 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.
Arctic Photography Presentation: As part of Polar Fest, the Detroit Lakes Public Library presents a free virtual event live on Facebook at 7 p.m., featuring Arctic photographer and outdoor writer John Stember. He will share the story of a family which lived off the land in the wilderness of Alaska. In this presentation, Stember will share about their lifestyle in the wilderness, how his life came to intersect with their path, and his photographic journey in the Arctic. To see some of John Stember's works, check out his website at www.johnstemberphotography.com.
Friday, February 12
Polar Fest 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 Kim Bettcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 844-4221, ext. 108 to sign up.
Daddy-Daughter Date Night: The Historic Holmes Theatre is offering a virtual version of its annual Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance at 6 p.m. For $15 per person, dad and daughter can enjoy a to-go meal from La Barista, a gift bag, and online access to a streaming video production of "The Snail & the Whale." Visit dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html for more information.
Saturday, February 13
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 8 a.m. For more information, contact Kim Better at 218-844-4221, extension 108 or email@example.com or visit the website at polarfestdl.com.
Radio Play on KDLM: Lakes Broadcasting and the Historic Holmes Theatre are teaming up to present an original play, "The Arrival of King Isbit" by local playwright Kendra Gilsdorf, at 10:30 a.m. on KDLM Radio (1340 FM/93.1 AM). The play will feature a cast of local actors. This event is part of Polar Fest 2021; visit polarfestdl.com for details.
Poles & Holes Fishing Derby: Fishing lines will drop at noon for the 10th annual Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club “Poles and Holes” Fishing Derby on Little Detroit Lake. Gates open at 9 a.m., with the derby running from 12 to 3 p.m., after which prizes will be awarded. Raffle tickets will also be available on the ice from Rotary volunteers for $10 each. Tickets for the live derby are sold out, but folks can still sign up for the virtual derby between Feb. 12-14 by downloading the free Fish Donkey phone app and registering for Poles 'N Holes (tickets are $30 each). Once you're signed up, you can fish from anywhere in Minnesota, post a photo of your fish and be eligible to win a variety of prizes. Visit polarfestdl.com or icefishingdetroitlakes.org for more information.
Polar Fest Plunge: The signature event of Detroit Lakes’ annual Polar Fest celebration, the Plunge gets underway at 1 p.m. with a virtual link to "Proxy Plunger" Josh Duhamel's leap into the icy water. 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. Raffle tickets are also available for $10 each.
Comedian Tommy Ryman: The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will present a live standup performance by comedian Tommy Ryman at 7 p.m. Both in-person and virtual viewing options are available. Visit dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html for ticket information.
Sunday, February 14
Kool Kites on the Ice: Four professional show kite flyers will dazzle us with their kites of all shapes and sizes in a live demonstration; families are invited to bring their own kites and join in the fun, which starts at noon on the ice of Little Detroit Lake. Free kite kits are also available at the front desk of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center while supplies last! Stop in and pick yours up anytime prior to Sunday's event, then bring it home and decorate it yourself to bring along to the event.
Sweetheart Snow Trek at Tamarac: Bring your own snowshoes, or check out a loaner pair for this 1.5 mile trek through the woods of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, which starts at 1 p.m. Hear stories of how wildlife adapt to Minnesota winters along the way. Meet at the Discovery Center. Bring water and snacks. Mask or neck gaiter and 6 foot social distancing encouraged. Hosted by the Friends of Tamarac NWR.
Chocolate Fantasy: Order a chocolate tray for your sweetheart, co-workers, and/or employees for pickup or delivery on Feb. 11-12 and support the Becker County Museum. Trays are available for purchase online at beckercountyhistory.org or by calling 218-847-2938. Delivery is offered to Becker County homes and businesses for an additional charge. Plus, there’s a new option to paint a ceramic tray, have it glazed and fired, and then loaded with treats for Valentine’s Day. Check out the museum's online store for details.
Outdoor Skating & Warming House: The outdoor rinks and warming house at Peoples Park in Detroit Lakes will be open throughout Polar Fest, Feb. 4-15. Hours are 3 to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays, and noon to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (as well as Monday, Feb. 15, which is President's Day). Visit polarfestdl.com for more information.