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 20
ULTRA Snowmobile Club Vintage Rally: Detroit Lakes' ULTRA Snowmobile Club will host its annual Vintage Rally & Swap Meet from 8 a.m. to noon on the Detroit Lakes City Beach, followed by a group ride from 12 to 5 p.m. Visit the website at ultradl.org for details.
Kool Kites on the Ice: A team of 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 11 a.m. 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 the event, then bring it home and decorate it yourself to bring along to the event.
Poles & Holes Fishing Derby: Fishing lines are expected to 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 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. Those signed up for the live event can also participate in the virtual event, simultaneously. Visit polarfestdl.com or icefishingdetroitlakes.org for more information.
Sunday, February 21
Color Guard Breakfast: The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Suggested donation is $7 for a meal including scrambled eggs; pancakes or French toast; and sausage or bacon, plus beverage.
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.
Monday, February 22
Farmers to Families: The federal mobile food shelf program Farmers to Families, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be distributing food boxes in the parking lot of the Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store, 1305 U.S. Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, starting at 5 p.m. The waiting line will start at 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and does not require any income verification to receive a donation box.
Thursday, February 25
Community Conversations: The second in a series of "Community Conversations" virtual discussions, "Beyond Diversity to Cultural Competence," will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom. There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration is required. Visit the Historic Holmes Theatre website to sign up; this event is co-hosted by the Holmes Theatre, Becker County Museum and Detroit Lakes Public Library.
Friday, February 26
Lenten Fish Fry: The Knights of Columbus Council 12581, of Frazee, is having their annual fundraising fish fry dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 202 Maple Ave. West, Frazee. Meals will be for pick-up only; there will be no dining at the church, according to the Knights. The dinners include fried fish, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, bread and ice cream. Cost is $10 per person.
Saturday, February 27
Jaycees Polar Pile-Up: The Detroit Lakes Jaycees are planning to host a winter demolition derby starting at 1 p.m. inside the Becker County Fairgrounds (1310 Rossman Ave., Detroit Lakes); however, they are still awaiting word on whether they will receive permission to do so — a decision is expected on the evening of Monday, Feb. 22. If it is held, the gates will open at noon and admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Classes anticipated to compete include compact cars, full-size cars, full-size trucks and "run what you brung," with prizes ranging from $400 to $1,200 for first, second and third place in each category. Visit dljaycees.com/events-1 for the latest information.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Here is the meeting schedule for the Detroit Lakes Alano Club at 827 Summit Ave. — Sundays at 1 p.m., 12x12 open meeting; Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Big Book open meeting; Wednesdays at 12 noon, Grapevine open meeting; Wednesdays at 6 p.m., women's open meeting; Thursdays at 7 p.m., Intro to AA open meeting; Saturdays at 7 a.m., men's open meeting; Saturdays at 9 a.m., Women's Big Book closed meeting; Saturdays at 8 p.m., open topic meeting. There are no dues or fees for meetings. For more information, call the Detroit Lakes Alano Club at 218-844-9970, or the District 3 AA Helpline at 877-833-2327.